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Halifax Council meets Tuesday, takes up budget

SoVaNow.com / May 12, 2014
Halifax Town Council will meet Tuesday for committee business beginning at 6:30 p.m., to be followed immediately by Council’s regular monthly meeting.

During the regular session of Council, members will hold a first reading of the upcoming year budget. The proposed $1.46 million package includes grant funding of $481,945 from VDOT for the Banister River Gateway Project. The budget calls for no real estate or personal property tax increases.

It includes a first-time contribution of $11,000 to the Halifax Library and $12,000 for a new truck for the Halifax Volunteer Fire Department.

Two part-time employees would be moved to full-time: one in the police department, the other in the street department.

Following the public hearing on the budget, Council is expected to schedule June 10 as the date to approve the budget. The next monthly meeting falls on that day.

Also Tuesday night, Council members will review the results of a highly successful Earth Day celebration in town. They also will get an update on the Community Clock project, which got a boost last week with a $1,500 donation from Benchmark Bank.

The Business Development Committee will also review developments with the Farmers Market.

The Current Issues Committee will review improvements to the roadway that leads to a cemetery used by black churches in town. The roadway extends from Gatha’s Trail. The committee also will hear updates on the town’s code enforcement action, the Courthouse project and the Banister River project.

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