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Halifax County commissioners agreed Tuesday night to extend the property tax listing period from January 31 to February 18.

County Assessor C. Shane Lynch said in a memo to the board the recommendation comes as a result of restrictions and hardships due to COVID-19.

The extension, he said, in the memo, will provide additional time for Halifax County property owners to complete the listing process without penalty.

The resolution approved by the board notes the governing panel has the authority to extend the listing period and that the board found doing so is in the best interest of the county’s taxpayers.

Lynch told the board the tax department does not require appointments for listing, which is done at its office in the courthouse complex on Ferrell Lane in Halifax. He does recommend that businesses listing property should make an appointment.

Masks are required and proper social distancing markers are placed in the hallway should lines become long.

In another matter Tuesday the board agreed to add the issue of dog hunting to its legislative goals.

The issue will be presented on the goals with the following wording: “Support legislation to regulate hunting that protects the rights of property owners while preserving the tradition of hunting with dogs.”

The matter was most recently brought up at the board’s first meeting of the month.