Hatley announces candidacy for BOS

Published 8:06 am Thursday, October 17, 2019

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Timothy Hatley is a candidate for the Rehoboth seat, District Four, on the Lunenburg County Board of Supervisors (BOS).

While in High School, Hatley joined the Tennessee Army National Guard serving in a Military Police Company. Later he would go on to serve in the U.S. Air Force. He graduated with honors from Dyersburg State obtaining a degree in Criminal Justice.

Hatley is a retired correctional officer from the Virginia Department of Corrections. He has been married for over 25 years and has one grown daughter. He is a long time member of the American Legion and a life member of the National Rifle Association. Hatley will bring a common sense approach to local government. He will go through the budget line by line looking for wasteful spending. He will also stand up for the county when an out of state corporation exceeds its agreement with the county. Instead of being rewarded, they will be held accountable for their actions and their agreement will be enforced. Lunenburg County does not need to become the next Petersburg and serve as the dumpster for the East Coast.

If the county cannot adequately fund dumpster sites that allow citizens reasonable access, then we need to return to unmanned centers. Other localities have already chosen to go this route. The county has the audacity to call these dumpster sites Convenience Centers. Given their dismal past performance with the days and hours that someone is actually there, Inconvenience Center should be their name. It’s bad enough the hours are limited but it is even worse when you make a trip and no one is there during the posted hours. That is unacceptable and taxpayers deserve better.

Last year the Board voted to unanimously raise personal property taxes and passed a resolution in favor of raising the local sales tax. Hatley knows that Personal Property tax increases disproportionately impact our senior citizens and the working poor. Some tax rates that corporations pay have remained unchanged for decades. Until their taxes go up, yours shouldn’t either. He is strongly opposed to any blanket endorsement of any additional new taxes period.

Currently there is not a single road in the District that is on the 6 year Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) plan. That means except for normal upkeep, your roads will not be improved. We have roads that should have been paved decades ago. There are road signs that have faded so much that they are barely legible. Hatley will work with VDOT to insure that the roads are maintained and the trash gets picked up along the roadways.

Hatley is in favor of reducing the cost of obtaining a Concealed Weapons Permit. Your county should not make a profit from you exercising your constitutional right. It does not cost $50 to do a background check and issue a card. At the very least these fees should be waived for veterans and corrections officers.

Hatley is running as an Independent candidate because we do not need partisan divisions on our board. You need a supervisor that is in your corner and will stand up and fight for you and your family.

Hatley would be honored to have your support and vote on Tuesday, Nov. 5.