County Trustee Darlene Bryant has made a request to the county’s Building and Grounds Committee to have a drive-thru window installed to make it more convenient for her customers to pay their property taxes.
In order to install a window in her office, two or three trees would have to be removed, a shelter over the window would need to be installed, and the road might possibly need to be widened.
Bryant says she needs a window for the elderly.
Total price for window installation, according to Bryant’s estimates, would be $15,300.
Commissioner Clinton “Pee Wee” Hill thought the estimate was high.
“I would think most of those people could get someone to bring their money in if they can’t walk,” said Hill. “I’m not against her idea, but I just don’t think there’s that many people who need a drive-thru window. I don’t see why you’d need one where you just pay property tax once a year. I’m 78 and I can still hobble in and pay mine, I’d say most everybody else can.”
County Executive John Pelham pointed out residents who must use a drive-thru window have other options.
“She has an arrangement with the banks where they accept property taxes,” said Pelham. “So, if there’s somebody who can’t come in, they can go to the bank’s drive-thru window and pay taxes there.”
“If the banks take the payments, I don’t see why we need it,” said Hill.
“We have things we have got to do at the courthouse according to a grand jury report that will have to take priority over this,” said Pelham.
The committee did not vote on Bryant’s request.
Members of the Building and Grounds Committee are Carl Bouldin, Hill, Michael Martin, Dwight O’Neal and Bessie Smithson.