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Halifax reduces budget nearly 9 percent for coming year

SoVaNow.com / April 10, 2014
Halifax Council got its first look at the proposed budget for the 2014-15 fiscal year on Tuesday night. Finance Chairman Dennis Witt reviewed the $1,460,523 proposal, noting it is down by 8.6 percent from the current year’s budget.

The draft budget calls for no increases in the 17.5 cent per $100 assessed value real estate rate and no change in the $1.68 per $100 rate for personal property. The 50 cent rate on machinery and tools remains the same and the lodging tax rate of 3.5 percent and the meals tax at 3 percent remain unchanged.

The budget includes $11,000 for the local library system and $12,000 for payment on a new fire department truck. Also two parttime positions, one in the Police Department and the other in the Sanitation Department, will move to full time jobs.

Council will hold a public hearing on the first reading of the budget at its May regular monthly meeting during which time citizens may comment on the proposed budget.During their earlier work session Council members heard a brief review of Saturday’s Halicraft Art Festival from Events Coordinator Rebecca Ramey.

Ramey said she was extremely pleased with the day’s event, noting that she estimated the event raised some $2,500 for the Village Association’s Community Clock Project. She added that downtown merchants had very favorable comments about the event and all but one of the out of town vendors who came on Saturday

said they would like to return for next year’s event.

Marsha Hite of the Village Association expressed her gratitude for Ramey’s efforts, saying that she now hopes to be able to advertise for bids to do the construction of the plaza for the clock’s location, noting that the clock has been paid for in full ($17,000). Fundraising continues with the sale of pavers for the plaza as well as other special events.

In other business Council re-appointed Ace Bohanon to a second four year term on the town’s Planning Commission.

Council also passed a resolution recognizing the week of Aprol 13-19 as National Library Week, but declined to pass a resolution requesting that the Governor separate the issue of Medicaid expansion from the state budget and approve a state budget. Councilman Bill Confroy stated that he felt the town “had no business getting into the politics of the state.”

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Finally somebody in Halifax County that actually knows how to cut a government budget. Good job!!!!!!!


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