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No property tax increase for Erwin residents in 2021-22

Erwin Record Photo by Richard Rourk • Erwin Police Sgt. Chad McKinney was honored during the Erwin BMA’s meeting on Monday for his actions in helping the victim of a motorcycle crash on Interstate 26.

By Richard Rourk

It’s official. There will be no property tax increase for the Town of Erwin in 2021-22.

The second and final reading of the town budget for the 2021-22 fiscal year was unanimously approved during Erwin’s Board of Mayor and Aldermen meeting on Monday, July 26.

“The tax rate is the same at $1.862,” Town of Erwin City Recorder Travis Bishop said. “This budget includes a 2% raise for employees.”

The BMA also voted unanimously to submit a request for a $200,000 facade grant.

“This grant is for the downtown facade program,” Bishop said. “This is a $200,000 grant that has a $50,000 match. The downtown merchants have agreed to pay the match so the town will not have to pay anything.”

For the second time this month, a Town of Erwin police officer was awarded a life-saving award to a standing ovation. “On Thursday, June 3, Sergeant Chad McKinney came upon a motorcycle crash on Interstate 26 while off duty and jumped into action with life-saving techniques,” said Town of Erwin Police Chief Regan Tilson. “McKinney and other law enforcement agents worked the scene. They were able to revive the person so that they could be transported to the trauma center. His efforts show that an officer is never really off duty.”

Tilson explained that McKinney never sought-out recognition. “I only became aware of Sergeant McKinney’s actions after the Tennessee Highway Patrol contacted me,” Tilson said.

Each member of the BMA gave a standing ovation to McKinney, just as they had done on July 12, when Erwin Police Officer Jimmy Chandler was presented with a life-saving award for his actions on March 25. Chandler was honored with the recognition for helping to save several lives while responding to a fire.

In closing, the BMA voted to approve consideration for the purchase of a 2021 Ford F150 and a 2022 Ford F450 for use in the Public Works Department.

The BMA is scheduled to meet again on Monday, Aug. 9.