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Halifax prepares budget for vote

SoVaNow.com / June 14, 2018


The draft budget for the Town of Halifax calls for no increase in taxes and fees and spending that is nearly 13 percent below current levels.

Members of Town Council on Tuesday night heard the first reading of the proposed budget for the 2018-19 fiscal year that starts July 1.

All departments are slated for a decrease in spending, except the Sanitation Department, which will receive a small increase in funding, from $142,012 to $142,411, representing a 0.35 percent hike.

Employee compensation will rise based on the annual evaluations of town workers, with a cap of 2.5 percent. The proposed budget also includes hazardous duty benefits for Law Enforcement Officers (LEOs) which become effective July 1, 2018.

Following the first reading of the proposed budget, Council members scheduled a called meeting for Wednesday, June 27 at noon to approve the package and allocate funding for operations in the coming year.

In other business, Council heard the monthly report from Town Police Chief Stuart Comer, who noted that the number of speeding tickets in town issued during the month had decreased over previous months.

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