C. W. Crowder Jr.

Long-time public works employee C. W. Crowder Jr. is the new South Boston public works director, succeeding Danny McCormick, who announced his retirement last month. Town Manager Tom Raab (far left) makes the announcement at Monday’s work session, as Crowder, his wife, Christy, and children Kendall and Brett look on.

Longtime public works employee C. W. Crowder Jr. is the new South Boston public works director, succeeding Danny McCormick, who announced his retirement last month.

Town Manager Tom Raab made the announcement at Monday’s work session, noting Crowder’s knowledge with Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) regulations, including VDOT’s state of good repair program and his experience working with the public works department in a number of capacities for 24 years.

Known as state of good repair (SGR), the program provides funding for deteriorated pavements and structurally deficient bridges maintained or owned by the Virginia Department of Transportation and/or localities as approved by the Commonwealth Transportation Board.

Crowder, operations supervisor since 2006, will supervise 23 public works employees in his job as public works director.

Safety is his number one goal, Crowder told council.

“It’s a well-earned promotion, and I congratulate you,” said Councilman Bob Hughes. “The town has benefited from this promotion.”

Councilman W. R. Snead noted Crowder came out in the rain on a Sunday to make sure a stormwater issue with a town customer had been resolved.

“That citizen really appreciated it, and that loyalty of employees is what makes South Boston great,” said Snead.

“We’ve really hired a problem solver,” said Mayor Ed Owens. “We look forward to working with you.”

Finance report

Finance Director Mickey Wilkerson told council year-to-date (Oct. 31) revenues were $3,702,203, and year-to-date expenditures were $3,589,077, out of an amended budget of $14,115,703.

The cash operating general fund had a year-to-date balance of $3,188,886, with negative activity of -$14,364 for the month.

Selected general fund revenues included $733,176 in categorical aid, 19% out of a budget of $3,838,473; $248,210 in current real estate, or 26% of a budget of $940,000; $183,339 in current personal property, or 35% of a budget of $530,000; $49,849 in cigarette tax collections, or 40% of a budget of $125,000; $168,589 in local sales taxes, or 40% of a budget of $425,000; $75,243 in occupancy tax collections, or 38% of a budget of $200,000; $699,013 in meals tax collections, or 37% of a budget of $1,890,000; and $5,979 in business license tax collections, or 1% of a budget of $570,000.

Consumer utility tax collections reflected year-to-date totals of $135,813, or 33% of a budget of $410,000; and telecom tax collections reflected year-to-date totals of $165,311, or 32% of a budget of $520,000.

As of Monday, those percentages were 19% for categorical aid; 48% for current real estate; 72% for current personal property; 42% for cigarette tax collections; 49% for local sales taxes; 48% for occupancy tax collections and meals tax collections; and 1% for business license tax collections.

As of Monday consumer utility tax collections were 41% of budget, and telecom tax collections were 40% of budget.

Wilkerson’s delinquent tax report showed a year-to-date (Oct. 31) amount of $12,625, or 53% of a budget of $24,000, with a delinquent amount of $71,152 remaining due; and a year-to-date amount of $12,676 collected in delinquent real estate taxes, or 55% of a budget of $23,000.

Delinquent mobile home tax collections were $47, or 24% of a budget of $200, with year-to-date collections of $42,020, or 45% of a budget of $94,200 when added to penalties-taxes, interest and delinquent decals.

Those percentages, as of Monday, had risen to 62% for delinquent personal property; 73% for delinquent real estate; 30% for delinquent mobile homes; 26% for penalties-taxes; 37% for interest-all taxes; and 66% for delinquent decal collections.

Doug Ford reports for The Gazette-Virginian. Contact him at dford@gazettevirginian.com.

Doug Ford covers news and sports for The Gazette-Virginian. Contact him at dford@gazettevirginian.com.