JONESVILLE — Jonesville residents can expect more change as more than just the budget for the 2017-18 fiscal year was accepted at the regular June town council meeting with no citizens speaking during the public hearing portion.
With the adoption of the new budget a 5 cents per $100 valuation tax rate increase will take effect. “The normal tax rate has been 45 cents, but with the revaluation, it would need to be 47 cents for the town to break even,” explained Town Clerk and Finance Officer Lynn Trivette, who served as interim manager for the town of during the recent budget process.
Upon consideration of the recommendations made by the Local Government Commission, the Jonesville Town Council “approved to raise the tax to 50 cents to increase the Fund Balance and help create a savings,” said Trivette, who announced she would be leaving the town of Jonesville to serve in the same position in the larger town of Mocksville.
“I am ecstatic about this opportunity,” said Trivette in a press release for the town of Mocksville. “I intend to enjoy every moment along this journey finding laughter, strength and joy with each day that passes.”
Trivette’s upcoming adventure was made possible by the path she has taken through Jonesville. “I am leaving the town of Jonesville with a wealth of knowledge that I will always treasure,” said Trivette as she addressed the council as a citizen Monday. “When you are on a team, you have to at times lead, follow, and more often than not, meet in the middle.”
This was particularly true of Trivette’s relationship with Water Resource Manager Tim Collins. “We bumped heads a whole lot, but we learned to work together,” said Collins, “and I really respect you. Lynn, I appreciate you.”
Although not present for the meeting, according to Mayor Gene Pardue, council member Anita Darnell asked him to be certain the town showed Trivette their appreciation. Pardue presented Trivette with a plaque, stating, “You’re part of what makes us great.”
“I love this little town,” said Trivette. “I hope to one day leave an impression on others similar to the one you and your town has left on me.
“They are a great board to work with,” Trivette said to new Finance Director, Wendy Thompson, who will take over for Trivette June 19.
Thompson’s transition period should be relieved by the exclusion of a July meeting. “The past few years the town council has skipped its July meeting due to the fact that there were few items of consequence to be considered,” said Pardue. The council agreed, voting to resume again at the regular Aug. 10 meeting.
Beanie Taylor can be reached at 336-258-4058 or on Twitter @TBeanieTaylor.