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Emergency operation plan update highlights low-key SoBo meeting

A low key South Boston Town Council meeting on Monday saw Fire Chief Steve Phillips present an update on revisions to the Halifax County Emergency Operation Plan.

State Code requires the plan be updated every five years, and a local planning team was developed to provide input and gather information to complete the revision.

The basic plan establishes the legal and organizational basis for emergency operations in Halifax County to effectively respond to and recover from all-hazards and emergency situations.

Phillips explained the plan has to be adopted through a resolution every four years.

It normally comes into play for approximately 2 percent of emergencies, both man-made and natural, he told council, such as tornadoes, which struck Halifax County two years ago.

The revision process includes a hazard assessment and input from key stakeholders, according to Phillips.

One change to the plan is the creation of a citizen emergency response team (CERT) to provide extra manpower in assisting Halifax County Emergency Services.

There are no changes in responsibilities for organizations or agencies in the draft plan, Phillips said.

The current issues committee advanced the issue to the March 10 council meeting.

 

Finance report

Year-to-date revenues reflected totals of $6,390,484, according to Town Finance Officer Erle Scott, including $6,011,773 in current year income and $378,711 in prior year income, or 63 percent of budgeted totals for the current fiscal year.

Scott told council selected general fund revenues should be around 58 percent of budget as of Jan. 31, adding most of those funds are on track.

Year-to-date expenditures stood at $6,390,484, or 63 percent of budget, and the cash operating general fund had a negative balance of $231,112.

Scott explained the cash operating general fund will probably get an influx of cash once tax returns are received and delinquent personal property and real estate tax revenues start coming in.

Among selected general fund revenues, categorical aid stood at $1,146,230 or 51 percent of budget, according to Scott.

Most money earmarked for that fund is received quarterly (VDOT lane mileage), Scott reminded council.

Current real estate collections reflected a year-to-date total of $1,146,230 or 97 percent of budget; current property tax collections $500,540 or 108 percent of budget; personal property tax relief collections at $295,432 or 100 percent of budget; local taxes at $228,425 or 59 percent; occupancy tax collections at $87,064 or 76 percent; and meals tax collections at $669,169 or 61 percent, all as of Jan. 31.

Scott updated business license tax collections, which stood at $225,279, or 17 percent of budget as of Monday.

The delinquent tax collection program implemented by council continues to make “wonderful progress,” Scott told council.

A total of $186,560.61 in delinquent taxes and fees has been collected as of Dec. 12, 150 percent of a budget of $124,300.

Breakdowns include $20,543.23 in delinquent personal property tax relief collections; $97,300.08 in delinquent real estate tax collections; $20,537.14 in delinquent personal property tax collections; and $164,54 in delinquent mobile home tax collections.

Penalties (taxes) and interest (all taxes) reflected totals of $17,185.70 and $30,829.92, respectively.

 

Council approves Bane to HCSA board

Council unanimously approved Halifax resident Kathy Bane to a seat on the Halifax County Service Authority Board of Directors on Monday. 

Bane replaces Frank G. “Major” Wray on the board.