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SOL test scores: Mixed bag

Halifax makes the grade half of the time with passing rates, but dropoffs outnumber gains

Judge nixes lawsuit by motorsports instructor

Case dismissed after Wilborn contested firing

Jobless rate rises to 8.8 percent in July

Halifax County’s unemployment rate jumped from 8.3 percent in June to 8.8 percent in July. Over 900 people left the labor force, which numbered 15,974 in June, but fell to…

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Comets fall in opener to Jefferson Forest

A quick, athletic Jefferson Forest squad proved too potent offensively for the Halifax County High School varsity football squad Friday night, speeding past the Comets, 50-30, in South Boston.

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Something to think about

SoVaNow.com / March 27, 2014


Dear Viewpoint:

The talk about raising the county real estate tax began as soon as the slightly lowered 2014 tax assessment was published. To throw in a few big words, the county is to maintain a “revenue neutral real estate tax rate”. Without the increase, the county budget will threaten to be out of balance. My question is, with the ten plus years of the county real estate boom prior to the recession, how many times did the county property owners see a reduction in their tax rate. One small plot of land out of the town limit was taxed at $50.36 in 2004. It was taxed at $100.77 in 2013. It is 200 percent of tax in nine years, recession or not. How about the 3-4 million dollars back owed tax in real estate which the county has not collected? The actual debt is much larger, but the county can only go back a limited number of years to collect it. Even though the county plans a budget every year, we did not hear about the year-end outcome, with a significant portion of the budgeted tax revenue uncollected. Would the proposed increase in the real estate tax rate exacerbate the problem of uncollected tax?

Alice Rhett, Alton

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