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South Boston enacts new budget / June 27, 2013
South Boston Town Council on Monday gave its final stamp of approval to the town’s $9.5 million budget for the coming fiscal year. The new budget takes effect Monday.

The budget calls for no tax or fee increases and provides for no salary increases for town employees. The real estate tax rate remains at 19 cents per $100 value, with the personal property rate remaining at $2 per $100 value.

Also on Monday night, members of the Current Issues Committee discussed an upcoming public hearing on a request submitted by Raymond D. Perkins. Perkins is seeking a conditional zoning permit for property at 311 Berry Hill Road to allow an auto and truck general repair business.

The Planning Commission has recommended that several conditions be placed on the permit. The permit will require that all repair work be completed in the enclosed building and that all inoperative vehicles be stored inside the building or completely screened from public view. The permit will apply only to the current owner and business owner.

The hearing is scheduled for Monday evening, July 8 at 7 p.m. in Council chambers.

The committee also heard a request from Beverly Caldwell of 1505 Penick Avenue who is seeking to purchase a 37 x 100 foot lot adjacent to her property. Caldwell recently purchased land adjoining her home from the town and now needs a little more space, she said.

Town Manager Ted Daniel shared with Council an announcement that was made by Governor McDonnell this week on the Community Development Block Grant program. The town’s application for grant funding for the Washington-Coleman Community Project was not successful, Daniel noted.

South Boston had applied for up to $1 million in the hope of renovating and upgrading several homes located near the former elementary school.

The town scored 764 points in the competition awards program; the final project to gain approval scored 785 points. Between the final award and South Boston’s score, there were two other projects that were not funded, Daniel said. A majority of this year’s funding went for proposed water and sewer projects across the state.

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