A resolution in support of sales tax dollars going toward school capital improvements is on the table for Halifax Town Council when they meet Tuesday following a recent meeting with School Superintendent Mark Lineburg.
Council is set to meet at 7 p.m. immediately following their 6:30 work session in Halifax Town Hall.
Lineburg previously met with council giving an overview of capital improvement needs, associated costs and avenues to fund the renovations or rebuild of Halifax County High School as needed.
For a year, a facility study has been conducted on Halifax County High School, and some elementary schools, to see if a rebuild or renovation is needed on the high school.
One of the forms of funding Lineburg has stressed is potential state funding resulting from a bill that is being introduced by Delegate James Edmunds.
His proposed legislation permits localities to charge additional sales tax for the purpose of funding capital school projects.
“It has to have voter approval through a referendum, and it’s only for capital school building projects,” said Edmunds. “Once the project’s debt service is satisfied, the tax would then go away.”
That concurs with the resolution adopted by the Halifax County Board of Supervisors on June 25, which states that “once a project for which a referendum is held and approved is completed, and all attendant debt is satisfied by the increased sales tax and other available revenue sources, the additional sales tax would cease to be charged.”
Previously, the Halifax County Board of Supervisors and the Halifax County School Board adopted resolutions supporting this legislation.
Also on Tuesday’s agenda is the Halifax Police Department’s monthly report and council action on the proposed amendments to the Halifax town code “Health and Sanitation.”
Prior to the meeting, council will convene in a work session in which committee chair assignments will be made and future steps for vice-mayor nomination and election by incoming Mayor Dexter Gilliam.
Council also plans to present a resolution honoring outgoing Mayor Kristy Johnson.
Possible candidates to replace outgoing Planning Commissioner Jerry Epps also are slated to be discussed.
After appointments have been made, chairs of the business development, finance and current affairs committees will report to council.