During a called council meeting last week, Register town council members mulled over a November profit and loss report that shows the town just over $4,000 in the red.
But when asked about the reported deficit, Council member Kevin Boyd told the Statesboro Herald he and other council members were restricted from commenting on the issue because of a vote the council took during the meeting that any comments to the media about the town’s business be addressed by Mayor John WiIliams only.
“Because of an agreement between council members, I will have to defer any questions from the media to Mayor John Williams,” he said.
Register Police Chief Tom Kile had a similar answer when asked about the reported deficit. He said he could not answer any media questions, but Williams could.
Mayor Williams spoke briefly Thursday with the Statesboro Herald, acknowledging the reported deficit of $4,036, and said there has been discussion among council members regarding dissolving the police department. However, many council members wish to keep the department in place and suggested writing more tickets to raise revenue and resolve the deficit, he said.
A report from Kile, presented during the called meeting, lists 92 traffic citations issued in November, including 26 speeding citations, eight underage possession of alcohol citations, four DUIs and four for possession of drug related objects.
Kile’s report listed $11,392 in fines and fees collected at the Register City Hall in November. The November Profit and Loss report listed the expenses listed for the police department (public safety) were listed as $13,483.
The November Profit and Loss report listed a total town income of $21,606, but stated the town’s expenses were $25,638.
A large portion of the town’s expenses come from the police department, Williams said.
With the way things are going currently, “The town just can’t afford a police department,” he said, adding that Kile’s salary alone is substantially more than the money collected through the town’s water service.
The issue will be discussed further during the town’s next meeting slated for Dec. 29, Williams said.
Herald reporter Holli Deal Saxon may be reached at (912) 489-9414.