by Larry Austin
Volunteers from the Golden Age Center spent Thursday at work in a service that has saved their fellow town taxpayers thousands of dollars.
Golden Agers spent the day stuffing envelopes with the 2012 town and county tax bills that will go out Jan. 6. Town Clerk Pattie Frentzel said the town is sending out about 5,000 bills to Island taxpayers with the assistance of eight helpers laboring in the Town Hall conference room.
The volunteer effort has saved the town thousands of dollars over the years. Without the volunteers, Frentzel said, the town would have to pay town staffers overtime to complete the work, an estimated $1,000 per mailing.
The volunteers will return again in the fall to stuff envelops with the school tax bills.
"This is the start of the ninth year that we've been having our volunteers stuff bills, saving the town money," Frentzel said.
The volunteers worked about six hours each. Frentzel treated them to the traditional lunch of subs from John's Pizza and Subs and, of course, a well-deserved coffee break.
Golden Agers Hank and Nonnie Carroll have organized the event in the past.
"We started this eight years ago and it's just been something they look forward to doing," Frentzel said of the seniors.