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Public Gets Chance To Weigh In On Budget

Halifax County Board of Supervisors will hold a public hearing on the proposed 2010-11 county budget and school budget in the board meeting room at the Mary Bethune Administrative Complex in Halifax tonight at 6:30 p.m.

Citizens will have an opportunity to comment on the proposed budget that includes a real estate tax rate of 43 cents per $100 value, personal property tax rate of $3.60 per $100 value and machinery and tools tax rate of $1.26 per $100 value.

According to County Administrator George Nester the budget includes revenues and expenses totaling $89,971,290.

The proposed budget revenues is broken down as follows:

• General Property Taxes, $23,180,000
• Other Local Taxes, $4,650,800
• Other Local Revenue, $1,811,828
• General Fund State Revenue, $6,011,018
• General Fund Federal Revenue, $15,000
• Social Services Revenue, $7,830,147
• 911 Revenue, $739,856
• Grant Fund Revenue, $592,506
• Airport Fund Revenue, $65,224
• School Fund Revenue – State, $36,975,753
• School Fund Revenue – Federal, $6,999,157
• School Fund Revenue – Locally Generated, $2,355,000
• School Fund Revenue – County Contribution, $13,256,000
• Other Funds, $35,500
• Use Of Reserves, $910,510
• Less Fund Transfers, -$15,457,009
TOTAL $89,971,290

The proposed budget expenses are broken down as follows:
• Administration, $1,986,106
• Parks And Recreation, $203,270
• Public Works, $2,134,117
• Public Safety, $3,559,210
• Judicial, $3,346,349
• Economic Development, $878,750
• Other General Fund Activities, $3,167,019
• Social Services, $7,830,147
• 911 System, $739,859
• Grant Activities, $592,506
• Airport, $65,224
• School System, $59,585,910
• Other Funds, $35,500
• Debt Service, $5,847,323
TOTAL $89,971,290

According to Nester, the budget will not be considered for adoption until at least seven days after the public hearing.
Supervisors have set another meeting for Monday, March 29, when members are slated to adopt a county budget and set tax rates.