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Halifax County supervisors listen on reassessment, eye choice for Womack’s seat
SoVaNow.com / March 17, 2014The Halifax County Board of Supervisors will host a public hearing on the 2014 reassessment when members gather tonight at 6 p.m. in the Mary Bethune Complex second floor meeting room.
Board members are also expected to name their choice to fill the ED-3 vacancy created by the resignation of Earl Womack.
Last Monday afternoon, five members of the Board interviewed the three candidates who had expressed an interest in representing citizens of the district. One supervisor who was present said three candidates were interviewed — Arthur Reynolds, Ray Owen and Lawrence Coleman.
A selection will await the input of two board members who were absent from the session.
In other business:
Following up on a presentation made last Monday night by Mitch Brigulio of Davenport & Company on financing options for the county’s renovation of the Sheriff’s Department and the interim court facilities, board members are expected to accept a proposal from Carter Bank & Trust Company.
Davenport sought bids from a number of banks, with three local banks responding. Of the three, Carter offered the lowest rate at 2.10 percent on an eight year loan.
Carter’s proposal also offers the ability to prepay at any time in whole or in part with no prepayment penalty.
Davenport had also sought interest from the Virginia Resource Authority (VRS) which could offer up to a 20 year loan with an estimated rate of 3.45 percent.
Supervisors will also hear a presentation by the Williams Transco about progress on a natural gas pipeline that is being constructed in the Centerville community.
Supervisors will also continue their budget preparations with presentations by Don Burge of Southside Community Services Board, Jay Stephens of the library, and Kathy Andrews of the Department of Social Services. Matt Leonard of the Industrial Development Authority, Patty Nelson of the Southern Virginia Higher Ed Center, Superintendent of Schools Merle Herndon and Commonwealth’s Attorney Tracy Q. Martin also are expected to address the Board about budget items.
Supervisors will meet again next Monday evening, March 24 for a public hearing on the county’s $87.9 million budget which also includes the school budget.
Supervisors are then expected to approve the FY2015 budget at their April 7 regular monthly meeting.
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