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No tax hikes proposed for Halifax town budget

SoVaNow.com / June 01, 2020
In addition to approving a request by Viny Sarnataro to lease space on the left side of the Halifax Farmers Market for a new Italian restaurant, Halifax Town Council met Wednesday in special session to unveil the town’s draft budget for a new fiscal year.

“There are no proposals of any tax increases, but reductions are in several categories,” said finance chairman Bill Covington, adding the proposed budget trims a number of items found in the current budget, which runs out June 30.

The preliminary 2020-21 budget allocates $1,410,700 for the general revenue fund. The increase in spending will be for the two approved police vehicles, and street maintenance.

The variability of the budget is due largely to the grant funded projects — such as the Halifax Downtown Streetscape Extension (Streets and Administration), which is receiving VDOT assistance, and the conclusion of repairs to the Banister Lake Boat Landing and King’s Bridge Landing, funded by FEMA.

Councilman Bill Confroy requested that a narrative of line items being cut out the budget be presented at the next meeting. The finance committee will convene again on Thursday, at 10:30 a.m. in the conference room of Halifax Town Hall to discuss the budget.

The new proposed draft budget will receive its first reading on Tuesday, June 9 during the work session meeting beginning at 7 p.m.



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