Let the boundaries be

Published 2:53 pm Thursday, November 12, 2015

T he Dillwyn Town Council made the right decision in not pursuing a boundary adjustment it discussed initially in the spring.

Dillwyn is a wonderful, quaint town with great people and businesses that could stand to see more growth and revitalization, but extending its corporate limits to Sprouse’s Corner is not the answer.

The answer to that is more involvement from the over 440 people who reside within its limits — not having only two people run for a six-person council.

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Mayor Linda Venable Paige recently told us, “No, we’re not doing anything,” when asked if the town was actively pursuing the change. “It’s just like a dead issue. Nobody has mentioned it anymore.”

Let a sleeping dog sleep, we say.

It’s our opinion that, right now, if the town did extend its boundaries to the intersection of U.S. 15 and 60 that the businesses and people living in the new limits wouldn’t benefit from the change.

The businesses and residents along the stretch could end up paying more business, personal property and real estate taxes with no return on their investment in lieu of services from the town. These businesses and residents currently pay the county both personal property and real estate tax, not to mention machinery and tools in some circumstances.

The county does not have a business license fee. The town does.

It was suggested by Paige that the town could extend streetlights and sidewalks south to Sprouse’s Corner from the current town limits if the line was moved.

That’s not enough to justify new town residents and businesses paying taxes to the town.

It simply is not fair to expect a resident or business to pay additional taxes and get no services in return.