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SoBo council adopts budget

South Boston Town Council convened as a whole and adopted a $9,765,854 budget for 2013-14 on its second reading before Monday’s June work session.

The proposed budget contains no new taxes, nor any increased taxes or fees.

Real estate continues to be taxed at 19 cents per $100 of assessed value and personal property at $2 per $100 of assessed value.

The machinery and tools tax rate is set at 31 cents per $100 of assessed value, and the mobile home tax rate is set at 19 cents per $100 of assessed value

Meals tax will continue to be set at 4 percent and occupancy tax at 5.5 percent of room rate.

A total of $9,559,927 is allocated for general fund revenues, and a total of $205,658 is allocated for cemetery fund revenues in the proposed budget.

Also at Monday’s meeting, the current issues committee studied a planning commission recommendation to conditionally zone the property at 311 Berry Hill Road to permit the operation of a vehicle general repair establishment.

The property is zoned B-1 Neighborhood Business and formerly housed the Sadler Machine Shop.

The applicant is Raymond Perkins, formerly an employee of Wyatt Chevrolet in South Boston.

The planning commission had recommended the conditional zoning with three conditions: that all automotive repair work be completed in the enclosed building, and all inoperable vehicles be stored inside the building or completely screened if outside; that the conditional zoning apply to the current owner and applicant business owner only; and if approved, and the conditional use of the building for automotive repair is discontinued for 12 months, the property reverts to the applicable underlying zoning.

The current issues committee advanced the issue to a public hearing at the July 8 council meeting.

The current issues committee considered a vacancy on the South Boston Industrial Development Authority created upon the death of Jim Burton, asking Town Clerk Jane Jones to prepare a list of potential candidates.


Finance report

With one month remaining in the current fiscal year, the town’s general fund had revenues of $8,309,034, or 72 percent of budget; with expenditures reflecting a total of $9,859,593 or 86 percent of budget, according to Daniel.

The cash operating general fund had (-)$989,401 in activity as of May 31, with a year-to-date balance of $1,341,795.

Five of nine selected general fund revenues have exceeded budgeted amounts for the current fiscal year, with the occupancy tax at $145,989 or 117 percent of budget; current personal property tax collections at $495,467 or 114 percent of budget; business license tax collections at $555,071 or 113 percent of budget; meals tax collections at $1,068,599 or 102 percent of budget; and personal property tax relief collections at $295,432 or 100 percent of budget.

Two others are nearing 100 percent of budget, including current real estate tax collections at $849,100 and local tax collections at $376,324, both at 98 percent of budget.

Year-to-date revenues for categorical aid reflected totals of $1,745,033 or 65 percent of budget.

The delinquent tax report reflected a total of $165,479.45 in delinquent taxes, penalties, fees and interest collected as of June 17, out of a cumulative dollar amount budgeted for all categories of $130,350.


Request for purchase of town-owned land

Beverly Caldwell of 1505 Penick Avenue approached council with a request to purchase additional property from the town, a plot of approximately 37x148 square feet adjoining the back of her property.

Caldwell had earlier purchased a 30x197-foot portion of Grove Street to allow better access to her property.

Council asked town staff to notify adjacent property owners in advance of a public hearing at its July 8 meeting to receive citizen comment on Caldwell’s request.