Halifax Town Council is expected to hold a public hearing during the first reading of the 2019-2020 town budget totaling $1,285,622 when it meets Tuesday evening and set approval and appropriation of the budget for its Wednesday, June 26 meeting.

The meeting is set to get underway at Halifax Town Hall immediately following a 6:30 p.m. work session.

A summary of the budget includes administrative line item totaling $412,245, business development line item at $19,500, municipal building costs at $49,800, police line item at $376,639, fire department line item at $54,900, streets line item at $225,237 and sanitation line item at $147,301.

The tax rates are set at 17.5 cents for real estate, $1.68 for personal property tax per $100 value and machinery and tool tax rate of 50 cents per $100 value.

The lodging tax rate is 3.5 percent, and the meals tax rate is 4 percent.

In other action Tuesday, council members are slated to hear the Halifax Police Department’s monthly report from Police Chief Stuart Comer and ratify the appointments of Mark Thackston and LaTonya Hamilton to the Halifax County Service Authority board of directors.

Also on Tuesday, council members also plan to set a special meeting and joint public hearing with the Halifax Planing Commission on Wednesday, June 26, for a special use permit application request by Erin Shaughnessy for a home-based business in R-1 residential zoning district at 615 Mountain Road.

Under old business, council is expected to take action on the proposed amendments to the health and sanitation portion of town code including weeds, debris and running bamboo.

Council members have been discussing this code for about a half year now with some wanting to make the language stricter and others wanting to protect homeowners who may not have planted the weeds, kudzu or bamboo themselves.

Prior to the meeting, council is slated to meet in a work session where they are expected to hear from the chairs of the business development, finance and current affairs committees.