Carroll to study tax collection options

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By Christopher Brooke, Reporter

HILLSVILLE — As revenue from other kinds of taxes fall due to the weak economy, the Carroll County supervisors have voted to study twice-a-year tax collection.

Supervisor Tom Littrell brought up the suggestion at the county board's Dec. 8 meeting.

What affects the county's cash flow? One thing is that real estate taxes mostly come in once a year, in November and December, after tax tickets go out in October, he said.

Littrell noted that tourism revenue appears to be down.

The Virginia Welcome Centers are remaining closed on Tuesday and Wednesday as a cost-saving measure, he noted.

Lodging in Carroll County fell 5.8 percent in October from a year before and gas sales are down 3.7 percent, showing the softening economy.

"I would like to make a motion that we form a committee to explore the possibility of doing twice-a-year tax collections," he said. "In my year in office so far, I have not spoken to anyone who was opposed to that idea, spreading that over two payments rather than one."

Littrell wanted to see if twice-a-year collection would work for Carroll.

Supervisor David Hutchins seconded the motion made during supervisors' time, and the idea got unanimous approval.

Chairman Sam Dickson then said he'd accept two volunteers from the board of supervisors.

Littrell volunteered, as did Supervisor Wes Hurst.