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Halasz: No money for Coalition
SoVaNow.com / October 07, 2013With Halifax County supervisors weighing a $10,000 request to keep up the fight against uranium mining, County Administrator Jim Halasz has made his recommendation: no.
The funding request, from the pro-business Virginia Coalition, tops the supervisors’ agenda for their meeting tonight at 6:30 p.m. at the Mary Bethune Complex in Halifax.
Halasz is advising the Board to turn down the Coalition due to budget pressures facing the county, including the unexpected cost of replacing its CAMA (Computer Assisted Mass Appraisal) system, which is used to generate real estate appraisals and issue tax bills.
A new system will cost the county $247,340 in the first year, estimates Halasz, with ongoing support fees of between between $30,566 to $39,424 over the next nine years.
The current system became obsolete last spring after its developer died, leaving no successor to provide ongoing maintenance and operating support.
This expense, coupled with a $60,000 loan to The Prizery that has yet to be repaid, could leave Halifax County with a deficit of nearly $320,000 in the first quarter of the new fiscal year, Halasz noted.
Other unexpected needs are likely to crop up as the year continues, and the Virginia Coalition request was not included in the county budget enacted back in May, he argued.
“While I believe it can clearly be said the questions surrounding the uranium mining issue are serious and have great implications for all citizens of Halifax County, as your administrator I question the necessity of a continuing expenditure of tax payer dollars for this purpose when adequate funds are not available for our schools, courts, emergency services, refuse disposal and animal control,” Halasz wrote in a briefing to board members.
The county administrator also recommended that Halifax County hold off on applying for an enhancement grant to extend the Tobacco Heritage Trail an additional two miles. The enhancement grant, from the Virginia Department of Transportation, would fund 80 percent of the project, which is expected to cost slightly less than $1 million.
That would leave Halifax County needing to match 20 percent or some $200,000 of the cost. Previously, the county purchased railroad right-of-way for $24,000, which would apply to the match. The remaining $176,000 would have to come from county coffers, he said.
With Halifax County “financially challenged,” Halasz said the Board should not apply for VDOT funding this year.
In the one public hearing before the Board tonight, Willie T. Francis Jr. of ED-6 is requesting a conditional use permit to allow him to operate an auto garage and body shop at 7077 Oak Level Road, Halifax.
County planners, who earlier hosted a public hearing on Francis’ request, received no negative comment and are recommending approval of the permit. They have also attached 14 conditions to it, including hours of operation and parking and lighting requirements..
Supervisors are also expected to get a preliminary report on the Halifax County Fair, which wrapped up Saturday after completing its 103rd year.
CommentsThank you Mr. Halasz. It is about time someone started spending the taxpayer money wisely. Now if we can just extend this through the state and national level. There is no shortage of people here that like to spend other peoples money. They need to have private fundraising to hire lobbyist, not use taxpayers dollars.
- By dean brandon on 10 / 07 / 13
CommentsThanks Mr. Halasz, you are truly a breath of fresh air. Better look out for your job though with the bunch of crooks that hired you. They like to do things the Halifax way and budgets, laws or principles don't get in their way. To hell with the citizens of Halifax County is the BOS motto. But thank you for finally someone telling these idiots the truth and I would say all of the informed and more intelligent citizens agree with you and truly appreciate what you did.
- By Thanks on 10 / 07 / 13
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