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Public hearing tonight on So Bo cigarette tax

SoVaNow.com / June 11, 2018


South Boston Town Council will meet tonight to consider the enactment of a cigarette tax in town.

The regular monthly meeting is set for Council Chambers on Yancey Street beginning at 7 p.m.

Topping the agenda is a proposed 25 cent-per-pack excise tax on the sale of cigarettes in town limits. The tax is projected to generate some $140,000 in new revenue, which town officials say could be used to increase the wages of town workers making less than $40,000 annually. Bringing all works’ salaries to at least $40,000 would cost about $55,000 annually, according to Town Manager Tom Raab.

Council is holding a public hearing on the matter, and all citizens are invited to present their views.

Town Council members also will discuss a recommendation by the Current Issues Committee to hold municipal elections in November, to coincide with the fall general election. Balloting for council and mayor is currently held in May.

In other business, Council members are expected to reappoint Robert Faulkner to another term on the Halifax County Parks and Recreations Advisory Board.

Finally, Council will hear any public comments that residents may want to bring to their attention.

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