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Halifax County supervisors weigh options with extra funding

SoVaNow.com / April 18, 2013
The Halifax County Board of Supervisors finance committee — comprised of Chairman Doug Bowman and members J. T. Davis and William I. Fitzgerald — will meet Wednesday, April 24 at 2 p.m. in the Conference Room of the County Administration Building to discuss updates to the cash-strapped county budget.

Supervisors were advised on Monday night that the County can expect an additional $593,000 in revenues for the FY14 fiscal year.

The finance meeting was set up this week after supervisors got the good news on Monday night when Director of Finance Stephanie Jackson and County Administrator Jim Halasz advised them of the increase in projected revenues for the coming FY14 budget year.

According to figures presented on Monday evening the County can expect a $343,000 reduction (from the earlier estimate) in the costs of the operation of the regional jail. They can also expect a $70,000 reduction in health insurance costs if county employees agree to a slightly higher deductible rate (going from $200 to $500). And the last increase in revenue would come from a hike in anticipated sales tax revenues of some $180,000.

Halasz is recommending that the Board hold back at least $300,000 of the extra funds until late fall or early winter of next year to use for unforeseen costs in the Courthouse construction project and the relocation of the Sheriff’s Department. He also wants to hold back another $105,000 to be able to consider additional unmet needs that may arise by late fall.

That would leave $188,000 for Supervisors to consider using on a number of projects. The first of those would of course, be the possibility of more funding for the local schools which had earlier hoped for a $240.000 increase which the Finance Committee had recommended.

Halasz also pointed to the need for an additional refuse truck which could cost as much as $214,000 after advising Board members that Public Service Director Ricky Nelson had told him he is having numerous problems with one of the County vehicles. He also mentioned the possibility of a two percent pay increase for county employees which would cost $105,000.

Also the County Administrator had earlier recommended reductions to the County’s contributions to the Institute of Government, Roanoke River Rails to Trails, the Chamber of Commerce, Virginia’s Retreat, the Roanoke River Basin Association and the local museum.

He also recommended cutting out the position of litter control director and cutting back on funding for IDA operations, the Longwood Small Business Center, the Department of Tourism, Old Dominion RC&D and the YMCA.





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why don't they lower the fees? NO they want to spend it!

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Just blow it like they did with the rest of it. Could cut taxes?? Not hardly with our group of budget gurus. Maybe a Visitors Center for the north side of the county????


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