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Chase City adopts lodging tax, aims to bring lodges to town

SoVaNow.com / September 15, 2021
During their monthly meeting Monday night, Chase City Town Council amended the town code to provide for a lodging tax equal to 6.5 percent of the total paid for any lodging in the town.

Town Manager Dusty Forbes noted ahead of the vote that Chase City does not currently have any hotels or motels. The tax was put in place in anticipation of an inn, bed and breakfast, hotel or motel coming in the future.

In other business, Town Council approved a resolution authorizing the issuance of a general obligation bond in the amount “not to exceed $690,000” with the proceeds being used to purchase the former Wells Fargo bank building on Main Street.

Once purchased and renovated, town offices will move from the current site at 319 Main Street to 525 North Main Street.

Council also approved a request from Forbes to spend nearly $1.15 million in American Rescue Plan Act pandemic relief funding, received from the federal government on:

» Extension to the town’s WiFi service at a cost of $6,580

» A new Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition system (SCADA) for $94,456. The computer-based system would be used to gather and analyze real-time data to monitor and control equipment that deals with critical and time-sensitive events at the town’s wastewater treatment plant.

» Another $103,800 would be spent on improvements to the wastewater treatment plant facility, including $89,800 on two pumps for the plant and $5,000 for a water filtration system

» $60,000 would be set aside for architectural drawings for the new town hall/police department complex and another $350,000 would be used to renovate the police department.

» Converting the town water meters to a digital system will cost approximately $472,420.

The remaining $60,794 would be held in the town’s contingency fund.

Forbes said the expenditures all fall within the allowed uses of ARPA, which was passed by Congress and signed into law by President Biden in the spring.

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