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Council petitions State Congress

The Brundidge City Council voted Tuesday night to request that the State Legislature not pass the Simplified Users State Tax Amendment in its current form.

Brundidge City Manager said the bill would cost the city money, perhaps as much or as little as $10,000 a year in lost revenue.

“Within the city’s budget, $10,000 is not a lot but over 10 years that’s $100,000 and that is a good sum of money,” he said.

Thomas said bill would take away the city’s authority to require a business license for those making deliveries in the city of less than $10,000. The result would be lost income to the city. The council adopted a resolution opposing the bill in its current form.

Thomas gave the council an update on the Mims Creek situation where residents of the Johnson Street area are being saturated with water when it rains and the creek rises.

Thomas said it is not possible to do any dredging of the creek until the area dries.

“Our driest month is September and this is February,” he said reminded the council.

The council voted to get bids on a replacement backhoe for the city. The current backhoe is in need of repairs, possibly a transmission, and tires. Thomas said putting new tires on an old backhoe would be taking a chance. The council voted not to take that chance.

The council reviewed the city’s financials, which are tracking as they should according to the budget.

In her report, Mayor Isabell Boyd said a town hall meeting is planned for March 22 at Brundidge Station. The top of discussion will be veterans and what can be done to assist them.

Boyd said Pike County Economic Development Corporation President Marsha Gaylard and the city are considering the advantages of having a spec building to improve the city’s chances of attracting business in the downtown area.

She expressed appreciation and optimism for the recently opened One Stop Youth Center in Brundidge.

“It is good to have a safe place where our young people can go for recreation and fellowship,” Boyd said. “On a sad note, Supreme Oil will close, effective February 28. Hopefully, the employees that will be laid off will find employment in our area.”

The Brundidge City Council meets at 6 p.m. at Brundidge City Hall on the first and third Tuesdays of the month. The meetings are open to the public.