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Ninth Board of Supervisor Position Proposed in Halifax County

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from WSET.com

Halifax County, Va.- Members of the Halifax County Board of Supervisors can't seem to agree. The group still hasn't even decided who will lead the board in 2015. So now their local delegate is getting involved.

The Halifax County Board of Supervisors has an even eight members on the board-- split down the middle on their ideology. So votes keep ending in ties. In their first meeting at the beginning of the January, the board couldn't even appoint the chairman or vice chairman, because the votes were even at four for both positions.

Then they couldn't even agree to appoint the county administrator to run the meeting. That means they couldn't take care of any county business.

Delegate James Edmunds has now introduced a bill that would create a ninth Board of Supervisors spot.

This way, it's not possible to have a tie, unless someone is absent. One issue that needs approval is a health care plan that would merge the Halifax County school employees and Halifax County employees under one healthcare plan. That would save employees, the county, and the school a total of $400,000.

“The real issue of note I believe is the fact that we do have business items that are on the agenda from January that will come up during our next board meeting and also some new agenda items in February. At some point in time, need to be cleared out or handled,” County Administrator James Halasz said.

Delegate Edmunds just introduced that bill on Thursday. It has not yet been voted on. Meantime the county attorney is also looking for ways they can conduct meetings in this situation.