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Halifax County supervisors look to adopt tax rates tonight / April 05, 2021
The Halifax County Board of Supervisors will meet tonight in Halifax to consider the adoption of tax rates for the new fiscal year that starts July 1.

Supervisors also will hold six public hearings on matters ranging from solar facility revenue sharing to zoning and land use amendments, including a proposal to allow Planned Use Developments (PUDs) in Halifax County.

The meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. and will take place in the second-floor meeting room at the Bethune Complex in Halifax.

Among the agenda highlights:

» Supervisors are expected to set tax rates for the coming year to fund the county’s proposed $116 million budget for FY 2021-22. A key decision before the board is whether to hold real estate taxes at the current rate of 50 cents per $100 in value, or raise that to 52 cents, the real estate tax rate that supervisors advertised in March.

The board’s finance committee recommended last week that the real estate tax remain at 50 cents after receiving the news that sales tax revenues in the coming year will be higher than previously estimated. To close a shortfall in K-12 education spending, the finance committee also is proposing to take a one-time budget surplus left over from the previous year’s school budget and apply that the ongoing operational budget.

Supervisors previously advertised tax rates in other categories such as personal property and machine and tools taxes that are unchanged from the current fiscal year.

However, supervisors will consider Monday night a separate proposal by the finance department to raise the county’s meals and beverage tax from 4 percent to 6 percent, a move that is expected to generate $140,000 annually.

» Supervisors will hold public hearings on amending the county solar ordinance to ease restrictions on the amount of land that can be put into use for solar energy generation. The board also is considering an ordinance to allow solar developers to pay revenues directly to the county above what they would pay through property taxes, which are partially exempted under state law.

» Other public hearings are to consider revisions to the zoning ordinance to allow Planned Use Developments, which are mixed use commercial and residential areas served by their own infrastructure. An outside developer has expressed an interest in building a PUD in the Alton area nearby Virginia International Raceway.

» Supervisors will hear from a VDOT representative about plans for expanding the Highway 501 corridor in the northern Halifax County area.

The meeting is open to the public and a citizens comment period will be held.

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