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Halifax Council talks budget, other matters

SoVaNow.com / June 10, 2013
Halifax Town Council will meet Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. for monthly committee business, followed by Council’s regular session immediately following the conclusion of the work session.

Council is expected to approve a new budget for the town of $1.4 million, to go in effect July 1 with the start of the 2013-14 fiscal year. The budget calls for no tax increases other than a ten cent increase in the machinery and tools tax, which will rise from 40 cents to 50 cents per $100 value.

Council is also expected to authorize the advertisement and order for a writ of special election in November to fill the seat being vacated by Councilman Tom Brown in Ward A. Brown’s tendered his resignation, effective at the end of June, due to the need to assist with a family health issue.

Council will also honor retiring Halifax County Service Authority Executive Director Willie Jones with a certificate of appreciation for his service to the citizens of the town.

Members are expected to adopt the updated 2013 Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan which was prepared for this area by the Southside Planning District Commission. The plan spells out measures to prepare for potential natural disasters such as hurricanes, tornados, earthquakes and flooding.

Vice Mayor Jack Dunavant will lead the meeting in the absence of Mayor Dick Moore.

During the committee meetings, Finance Chairman Dennis Witt will review the May 2013 financial report and Business Chairman Tom Brown will review activities of the Farmers Market and the interim improvements being made to the Halifax marketplace building. He will also focus on the work of Events Coordinator Susi Robbins and the upcoming Blues, Brews and Barbeque event on Friday, June 14.

Current Affairs chairman Bill Confroy will review the schedule for VDOT’s milling and repaving of US 501 along Main Street and Mountain Road, as well as the scheduling for the installation of “Watch for Children” signs throughout the town. He will also report on the joint meeting of the Library Advisory Committee which will convene on June 27.

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