Sales tax revenues increase for Brundidge

Published 11:00 pm Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Sales taxes are up in the city of Brundidge for FY2011 and that’s good news especially during these difficult economic times.

Brundidge City Manager Britt Thomas told council members Tuesday afternoon that, to date, sales tax revenue is up $51,780 and that is due, in part, to several vendors having several good months.

“If you look at it, we never, ever in Brundidge, since I’ve been here (1977) have soared with the national economy but neither have we bottomed out when the economy plummeted,” Thomas said. “We stay rather level.”

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The council made changes in the city’s FY 2011 budget to reflect a couple of capital expenditures that were not expected but that improved the quality of life for the city’s citizens.

“We have a large number of people who walk for exercise at the track on the campus of Pike County High School,” Thomas said. “The track needed to be resurfaced to make it safer and more enjoyable for walkers. The city received permission from the Pike County Board of Education to resurface the track. The cost for that project was $22,000.”

Thomas said the city also re-roofed the former doctor’s clinic on the corner of Gilmore and South Main streets and resurfaced the parking lot at a cost of $15,700.

Thomas said the city is looking at several options for the building including relocating the probate judge, OCAP and revenue commission’s satellite offices that are presently located at Brundidge Station. Other county offices will also be offered the opportunity to locate there to the benefit of local citizens.

Willie Moultry, a member of the Concerned Citizens of Brundidge, requested the council’s permission to use Galloway Park as the site for a tent revival Oct. 11-13.

“The old-timey tent revival will be held prior to the annual March for Jesus on Oct. 15,” Moultry said. “This will be the 11th year for the March for Jesus that is an engine that we use to get people the word about Jesus. The tent revival is an outreach ministry associated with the March. This year, we want to try a different way to reach people who don’t go to church and, if we have a strong revival, then, come the weekend we’ll have a larger crowd and be able to reach more people.”

Moultry said the revival will feature different speakers on each of the three nights along with special music.

“We’d like to get into the park around 6:30 each night and close out the services at 9 o’clock so we can clean up and be out of the park by 9:30,” Moultry said.

The council voted to allow the Concerned Citizens of Brundidge use of Galloway Park for the tent revival and March for Jesus in October. Moultry expressed appreciation on behalf of the CCOB and asked for prayers for the community wide event.