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Proposed Erwin budget would not hike tax rate

Erwin Record photo by Richard Rourk • EPD officer Jimmy Chandler, left, is presented a life saving award by EPD Police Chief Regan Tilson at the Erwin BMA meeting on Monday, July 12.

By Richard Roark

The Town of Erwin moved one step closer to approving its 2021-22 budget on Monday evening.

The Erwin Board of Mayor and Aldermen approved the first reading of the 2021-22 budget during the BMA meeting on Monday, July 12. 

“The general fund has cash receipts of $6,086,174,” Town of Erwin City Recorder Travis Bishop said. “The total appropriations to the general fund into the general fund of $6,040,549. The total appropriations left to balance the budget is $45,625.”

The proposed budget does not include a tax rate change. 

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

Prior to the budget vote, Unicoi County Public Library Board Member Laura Elliott asked the BMA to remember the Unicoi County Library when voting on the budget. 

“I wanted to bring to your attention our library, a library that has been in the public eye recently,” Elliott said. “I understand this meeting the budget will be discussed. I’m asking you to remember this library that does so much for this community. We are trying our best to do all we can, but we need the support of our town to back us.”

The BMA also recognized a special member of the Erwin Police Department. Erwin Police Chief Regan Tilson presented Erwin Police Officer Jimmy Chandler with a life saving award. 

“I’ve depended on Jimmy for years,” Tilson said. “He always does a fantastic job. I want to point to a date in March. 

“On March 25, at approximately 1:37 a.m. a burglar alarm was set off at 410 Main Avenue,” Tilson continued. “When Jimmy arrived he could see visible flames. 

“Without fear, Jimmy ran up the stairs without lifesaving gear to wake the residents to lead them to safety until the fire department could arrive. He saved seven people, four dogs and three cats that night,” Tilson concluded. “This is Jimmy’s second life saving award.”

The BMA is scheduled to meet again on Monday, July 26.