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No tax hikes planned for Halifax budget

SoVaNow.com / April 13, 2017
The proposed FY 2017-2018 budget for the Town of Halifax calls for no increase in real estate, personal property or machinery and tool taxes, according to Finance Committee chairman Bill Covington.

The proposed budget of $1,025,540 represents nearly a 20 percent decrease from the current year budget of $1,276,028.

The draft budget, unveiled Tuesday night at the regular monthly meeting of Town Council, proposes lower spending for all town departments except for the Police Department. The police budget would rise by 2.42 percent, with an additional $8,000 earmarked for the department’s total budget of $338,724.

The largest drops in spending are for VDOT-funded projects — 76.78 percent — with the completion of the Banister River Blueway and Banister Lake boat landing upgrades.

Expenses for the municipal building also will decline by $7,100, or 15.74 percent.

Council will advertise a first reading on the proposed budget for the regular monthly meeting on May 9.

The town’s real estate tax rate is set at 17.5 cents per $100 in value, and the personal property tax rate is set at $1.68 per $100 value.

In other business on Tuesday night, Council approved a proclamation designating April 22 as Earth Day in Halifax. Citizens of the Town are encouraged to recognize the importance of the day and renew their commitment to protect the earth and environment.

Events Planner Olivia Epps reported the town’s ninth annual Earth Day Extravanganza is coming together, with participating agencies planning informative displays.

Town Manager Carl Espy also advised Council members that he hopes to schedule a meeting with county supervisors and town representatives Bill Confroy and Jack Dunavant to discuss streetscape and landscaping plans for the Courthouse renovation project during the coming week.



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