Highland Board of Supervisors December Work Session

The Highland County Board of Supervisors took action to update the county’s personal property tax ordnance at it’s December 17th work session. The Code of Virginia had made changes allowing for taxation of personal items, such as mopeds and electronic equipment. After opening a public comment period, and receiving no input, the Board voted to exempt these items from taxation.

Members of the Highland County Recreation Commission were present to present the Board with a $10,000 check for reimbursement of county funds used to construct the swimming pool. This is the fifth payment made towards the grand total of $150,000, bringing the repayment to one one-third complete.

The Board denied a request from the Stonewall Ruritan Club for reduction in it’s latest water bill. An issue at the Ruritan building had apparently caused over usage. A reduction can be asked for under County policy, but only once in a given year, and this has already been granted previously in 2014.

In other business items, the Board:

  • Set a tentative date of February 4th to have a work session with Bath County on the broadband project both counties are working on
  • Received confirmation from VPAS that Troy Baxley had been elected to it’s Board
  • Discussed outsourcing the county’s website maintenance, which has previously been done by retiring employee Jim Whitelaw
  • Discussed updating the county personnel policies
  • And considered maintenance on the county modular buildings

The Board ended the meeting in closed session, where it agreed to offer the building position to an applicant, to be announced on confirmation of acceptance and notification of other candidates.

For Allegheny Mountain Radio, and alleghenymountainradio.org, this is Scott Smith.

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Scott Smith

Scott Smith is the General Manager for Allegheny Mountain Radio and Station Coordinator and News Reporter for WVLS. Scott’s family has deep roots in Highland County. While he did not grow up here, he spent as much time as possible on the family farm, and eventually moved to Highland to continue the tradition, which he still pursues with his cousin. Unfortunately, farming doesn’t pay all the bills, so he has previously taken other jobs to support his farming hobby, including pressman/writer for The Recorder, and Ag Projects Coordinator for The Highland Center. He lives in Hightown with wife Michelle and son Ethan. In his spare time, he wishes he had more spare time, especially to ride his prized Harley-Davidson motorcycle. scott@amrmail.org

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