As Boyle Judge-Executive Tony Wilder raises the issue of an increase in payroll taxes, it should be pointed out that although the cost of county government has increased, the quality and number of services it provides also have risen.
During Wilder's tenure as the county's top elected official, the Boyle Fiscal Court has undertaken several major projects that have improved services for Danville and Boyle County residents.
One major project was the creation of an emergency medical service, which replaced the volunteer rescue squad that had been providing ambulance service in and around Danville. It was the right thing to do. Response times have improved, the level of training of rescue personnel has improved and the EMS probably has saved lives that would have been lost under the old volunteer system. In 2004 fiscal year, which ended June 30, that service cost Boyle County taxpayers $551,847.
A second major project was the creation of a new city-county park. The city and county purchased the land on Perryville Road that ultimately became Millennium Park. All Boyle County residents now have a wonderful park that is large enough to accommodate a wide variety of activities for many years to come. The county has spent $2.4 million from its surplus funds on the park.