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Halifax to vote on $1.4 million budget Tuesday

Halifax Town Council is set to approve and appropriate its proposed $1.4 million 2014-15 budget Tuesday night when the meeting gets underway in the town hall following the 6:30 p.m. committees meeting and work session.

No tax increases in real estate and personal property will be required to balance the budget, according to Halifax Town Manager Carl Espy, and town employees are scheduled to get 3 percent raises based on annual evaluations.

The budget general fund revenue sheet totals $1,460,523, down $133,254 from the current amended budget by 8.36 percent. 

The variability is due largely to the grant funded Banister River Gateway Project construction slated to be complete by late summer.

 Also on Tuesday night’s agenda, council is expected to confirm Dexter Gilliam and Stewart Nelson for re-appointment to the Halifax County Service Authority Board following the Halifax County Supervisors’ confirmation of the pair last week.

Agenda items also include adoption of Virginia Municipal League Insurance Program’s employee paid time off conversion and VML model personnel manual updates.

Council members are slated to hear a monthly report concerning the Halifax Police Department’s activities from Police Chief Kevin Lands, set a public hearing for parking updates to the town code and pass a resolution of support for the Southern Virginia Wild Blueway.

The Southern Virginia Wild Blueway will be officially launched at Staunton River State Park on Monday, June 16. 

Prior to Tuesday night’s council meeting, council will hold a combined committees meeting and work session at 6:30 p.m. with the business development committee members meeting under the chairmanship of Kristy Johnson; the finance committee members meeting under the chairmanship of Dennis Witt; and current affairs committee members meeting under the chairmanship of Bill Confroy.