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Halifax County tax payment date pushed back due to tardy billing / May 08, 2014
The deadline for the payment of the first half of Halifax County real estate taxes was delayed on Monday night as supervisors moved the date for the payment from the customary June 5 date to June 16.

The delay was caused by the Commissioner of the Revenue’s inability to get information finalized on the newly assessed real estate values and relayed to the printer in time to send out the real estate tax bills in a timely fashion.

ED-4 Supervisor Doug Bowman, who had at the beginning of Monday night’s meeting placed the postponement of the deadline on the agenda, questioned Commissioner Brenda Powell. “Why has this taken so long?” Bowman asked, adding “and how many hours have you devoted to this? There is no excuse for these bills not going out on time. Are you unwilling or incapable of doing this?”

Powell responded that this year is the first time the county has used the new Vision system and she was doing everything she could to get the work completed. She explained that she had taken three or four days off the previous week when her daughter had undergone surgery.

County Treasurer Linda Foster, who was also in attendance at the meeting, said she expects the bills to be ready to go out by May 22.
Bowman turned to Powell again, adding, “This is at the foot of your door. We’ve been trying to get you to convert to the Munis system. Do we have any confidence that these bills will go out by May 22?”

ED-8 Supervisor Bryant Claiborne noted that the bills will be late going out and suggested that the deadline for payment be moved back ten days in order to allow residents at least 12 days before the bills are due to be paid.

Bowman moved for the delay with Claiborne seconding his motion which passed on an 8-0 vote.

In other business Monday night Supervisors approved a conditional use permit which will allow David Rather to operate a taxidermy shop at his home located at 1151 Woodbourne Road in ED-5. Rather, who brought a display of his work to show board members, told board members that he and his son and daughter have long been interested in taxidermy and he hopes to retire in a few years and turn the hobby into a small business. His request was approved on an 8-0 vote.

Supervisors also heard a report from Ag Agent Chris Brown and 4-H leader Sonya Furgurson about the work they are doing while noting that this is the 100th year celebration of the Virginia Cooperative Extension. “We believe in what we are doing,” Furgurson told Supervisors as she detailed some of the programs offered by Extension.

The board also approved a bid award for the renovation of the Sheriff’s Office to Burton Construction Company which submitted the low bid of $719,871. Their approval came on a 7-0-1 vote with Bowman abstaining from the vote.

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Good for him, it is about time these "constitutional" officers are held to the fire. They are paid too much for what they do, and we the sheepel of halifax county vote for them year in and year out. Nothing will change till we get a thousand or more people to show up at board meeting and force change. Just look at the Bundy problem, people showed up and forced the BLM to back down. The county does not have the resources to punish the people if we show up like that. The feds are going to go after them on an "individual" basis on some trumped up charge of brandishing a firearm. WE need to tell government that we are tired of rasing other peoples kids who are to lazy to work. Free medical care to illegals and drug users.

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