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SoBo Town Council Continues Study Of Proposed Budget

South Boston Town Council as a whole got its first look at a draft of the proposed $9,813,903 budget for 2010-2011 at its monthly work session on Monday, a conservative budget that consolidates several line items in an effort to cut costs.

The Landfill Closure Fund would be merged into Public Works, while two positions in the Department of Public Works, and two positions in Public Works, currently vacant, would not be funded in the proposed budget.

A “post closure maintenance fund” in public works would absorb the Landfill Closure Fund, one that also would include professional services, according to Daniel, while another line item for public works engineering would be “zeroed out” and merged into public works administration.

The Public Works Department would continue to make use of contracted services for things such as trash and brush pickup and seasonal work such as leaf collection, Daniel said.

Animal control and tactical team operations would be merged into those of the police department, and Community Development would be deactivated, with one full-time and one part-time position transferred to the Main Street program.

That move alone would save approximately $62,000, Daniel said.

Only two capital projects are included in the FY 2010-2011 budget, including the first phase of the Washington-Coleman Community Center and the first phase of the landfill gas project, and the town is seeking grant assistance in funding both, according to Daniel.

Financial Statement

Town Finance Officer Erle Scott reported revenues of $8,597,328 and expenditures of $8,597,328 as of February 28, with year-to-date revenues of $119,691 and expenditures of $282,355 in the Landfill Closure Fund, respectively.

Year-to-date cash operating balances in the General Fund and Landfill Fund were $2,733,551 and $66,612, respectively.

Selected General Fund Revenues were as a whole positive, according to Scott.

As of Monday, Categorical Aid revenues reflected a balance of $1,649,233, 74 percent of budget, and real estate tax revenues reflected a balance of $864,793, 101 percent of budget, according to Scott.

Personal property tax collections reflected a balance of $400,870  (94 percent) as of Monday, and personal property tax relief revenues were $295,432, or 100 percent of budget.

Local tax collections reflected a balance of $296,326, occupancy tax collections $105,328, meals tax collections $555,220, and business tax collections $515,757, all as of Monday, according to Scott, with business license tax collections running 115 percent ahead of projections, Scott told council.

Improvement Council Recommendation

Council unanimously recommended Carolyn Nichols for appointment to the Halifax County Improvement Council.

Nichols, who had served previously on the improvement council, will take the seat previously occupied by Viny Sarnataro.

Resolution In Support Of Community Center Approved

Council approved a resolution authorizing the submission of a Virginia Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission Reserve Fund grant application in support of the town’s Washington-Coleman Community Center Economic Development Initiative.