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Halifax County Supes go forward with new budget / May 05, 2014
The Halifax County Board of Supervisors will meet tonight to pass a budget — despite uncertainty over the amount of state funding with the ongoing legislative impasse in Richmond.

The proposed county budget calls for total spending of $88,315,299 in the fiscal year that begins July 1, and ends on June 30. Supervisors also are expected to enact proposed tax rates with the new budget — 46 cents per $100 for real estate, $3.60 for personal property, and $1.26 per $100 for machinery and tools.

Only the real estate tax rate is due to change — going up a penny, from the current 45 cent level. Due to a drop in property values with the recently-completed tax assessment, the slighter higher tax rate will bring roughly the same amount of revenue as the current rate.

Also under the proposed budget, several fees will increase — although the changes will affect only a limited number of residents who use the services in question. The changes include a $500 fee for land-use permits, and an additional $5 fee for lots added to already prepared plats. Also, the county will impose a kennel tag fee for each block of 20 dogs.

Rental fees for the use of facilities at Edmunds Park are also recommended for an increase, as are rental fees for the use of facilities at the Fairgrounds. If approved by the Board, the fees will become effective on July 1.

In other action, the supervisors have only one public hearing on their agenda — to consider a request by David Rather in ED-4 for a conditional use permit that will allow him to operate a taxidermy shop at 1151 Woodbourne Road near the intersection of Cedar Fork Road. The request has been unanimously recommended for approval by County Planners.

Also, supervisors are expected to approve a resolution establishing health care plans for county employees and participation rates for employees and the county.
The Board also will consider several other housekeeping matters, including asking the Department of Environmental Quality to take over the stormwater management program.

Supervisors are expected to approve a proclamation designating the week of Sept. 7-13 as Operation INASMCH Week. Members of the Dan River Baptist Association came to the board last month to seek its support for the special week which is touted as an opportunity for all citizens of the county to assist each other through random acts of kindness.

Supervisors also will be asked to approve a request from the Southern Virginia Botanical Gardens to host a private wine tasting event at Edmunds Park on June 7.
They also have been asked to discontinue the use of an unused portion of the old 57 roadway which goes behind the County Line Baptist Church.

They will also consider setting a public hearing on a request for a conditional use permit which will allow SBATowers II, LLC to erect a 135 foot telecommunications tower in ED-5.

The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the second floor meeting room of the Mary Bethune Complex in Halifax.

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