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South Boston finalizes tax on cigarettes sold in town

SoVaNow.com / September 13, 2018
South Boston Town Council on Monday night approved the second and final reading of an ordinance that imposes a 10 cent tax on every pack of cigarettes sold within town limits.

Councilman Winston Harrell cast the lone vote in opposition as Council approved the tax by a 4-1 margin. Councilman Bob Hughes was absent from the meeting due to a death in the family.

Town Manager Tom Raab said South Boston is expecting to receive the tax stamps to affix on each pack of cigarettes sometime later this week. Raab explained that retailers have until November to see that all cigarette packs have the proper stamp on them prior to sale.

However, Raab added that strict enforcement of the new ordinance will not take place until Jan. 1, thereby giving retailers the chance to have all their inventory properly marked.

In other business Monday evening, Council recognized and thanked three individuals who have offered various services to the town.

Mayor Ed Owens presented a resolution of appreciation to Anthony Womack and associates of Misunderstood, which plans, organizes and carries out more than 2,155 back-to-school haircuts for youths in the Town of South Boston and Halifax County.

Also recognized was Ta’quan Logan and wife, Jewel, for planning, organizing and securing the necessary funds to provide school supplies to students in the Town of South Boston and Halifax County.

Ernelle Bellamy and his associates of Big Fade Productions were recognized for providing an outstanding Community Fun Day August 15 at the North Main Street playground.

Also, Raab told council members that he had met earlier in the day with public safety and law enforcement personnel to map strategies for dealing with the effects of Hurricane Florence as it passes over the area. The meeting was attended by rescue and fire personnel, local police and Virginia State Troopers, and Interim County Administrator Dan Sleeper. Raab said more information will be announced as the path of the hurricane becomes identified.

Following a closed session by Council, Raab announced the promotion of Mickey S. Wilkerson from deputy finance director to finance director, effective immediately.

In other business, Council moved the day of their next work session to Tuesday, Sept. 25 at the South Boston Fire Department.



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