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South Boston holds final cigarette tax vote tonight / September 10, 2018
South Boston Town Council will meet tonight to vote a second time on a 10 cent-per-pack cigarette tax in town, the final step before the levy becomes official.

The second reading of the town ordinance, which was approved on the first reading in August, highlights the agenda for the 7 p.m. monthly meeting in Council Chambers on Yancey Street.

Brushing aside criticism from retail sellers of tobacco products, Council voted 4-1 on Aug. 13 to impose the per-pack cigarette tax — needed, say town officials, to provide a pay raise to town employees making less than $40,000 annually.

Town Manager Tom Raab told Council members that the town will soon receive the tax stamps to place on cigarette packaging, and that it will likely be Jan. 1 before the ordinance is strictly enforced to give retailers ample time to sell off any untaxed inventory.

Also at tonight’s meeting, Council will present certificates of recognition and appreciation to several individuals. They will thank Ernelle Bellamy for his work to organize a Community Fun Day this summer at North Main Street Park; Anthony Womack of Misunderstood for his time and work to provide free hair cuts for youngsters as they go back to school; and Ta’Quan Logan for collecting and distributing free school supplies.

Council members are also expected to sign a proclamation from Cynthia Hall of the local chapter of the Daughters of the Revolution designating Sept. 17-23 as Constitution Week in town.

The meeting ends with a public hearing period during which time town residents may voice any concerns they may have.

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