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Halifax adds three years for town manager / May 10, 2018

Halifax Town Council on Tuesday night voted unanimously to approve a three-year contract renewal for Town Manager Carl Espy.

Council followed the recommendation of its Finance/Personnel Committee in extending Espy’s contract.

Council also set a first reading on a proposed $1,062,772 town budget for fiscal year 2018-19. The draft budget includes no tax increases on real estate or personal property.

The budget also proposes compensation adjustments for personnel of up to 2.5 percent per department, based on annual evaluations.

Council also approved participation in the Law Enforcement Officers (LEO) insurance which becomes effective for town police officers on July 1.

The Finance Committee recommended that a special meeting be held to host a public hearing on the town’s Projects Bond Issuance and Authorization on May 30.

The Finance Committee has sought requests for a proposal to finance up to $498,000 which will be used to pay for improvements to the Banister River Gateway, the Banister Lake Boat Landing and the Downtown Streetscape Extension projects.

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