Town approves site plan for new Taco Bell

By David Broyles -

Hillsville Town Council at a special called meeting on October 5 approved a site plan for a new Taco Bell and State Personal Property Tax Relief Act (PPTRA) of 1988 resolution.

The Hillsville Planning Commission recommended approval of the Plan for 145 South Main Street after finding it met all town requirements. Councilman Greg Yonce said Virginia Department of Transportation officials gave the project their approval on Oct. 1. He said he looked for some details such as a final plan on entrances to the restaurant that would soon be resolved.

Hillsville residents currently have to drive outside Carroll County to Galax or Mount Airy, N.C. for Taco Bell. The earliest estimate for the opening of the new fast food chain in Hillsville has been set for January, 2017. Mayor Gregory Crowder praised the efforts of Town Engineer Steve Bowman and Town Manager Retta Jackson and the Virginia Department of Transportation for the successful project.

“They worked a lot to make this happen,” Crowder said in an earlier interview. “The problem has been the turn-in. We have to get a commercial turn-in and they didn’t qualify at first and they had to go through several loopholes and request several variances to make it happen. VDOT went above and beyond what I thought they could to do to get it in.”

Crowder said the date could be pushed back into early spring depending on weather and how quickly construction can start. Earlier in September, Burger Busters Inc. CEO Joe Mangano told the The Carroll News the restaurant was coming to Hillsville after online ads began popping up for an assistant general manager and shift manager for Taco Bell’s Hillsville location. The company’s website,, lists several open jobs for the previously mentioned positions as well as for team members at the Hillsville Taco Bell. The website lists an address of 145 South Main Street.

Action on the amended Tax Relief Act was required by the State, which calls for towns to “take affirmative steps” to implement changes to provide for the computation and allocation of tax relief outlined in the PPTRA. According to information provided by the Town, Council enacted an ordinance on November 28, 2005 providing tax relief as a specific dollar amount offset against total taxes otherwise due.

This ordinance outlined relief for vehicles with assessed values of more than $1,000 would be provided at an annually fixed percentage applied to the first $20,000 in value for each vehicle. The resolution this year states the percentage of tax relief will be 71.77 percent.

The Personal Property Tax Relief Act of 1998 (PPTRA) provides tax relief for vehicles locally registered within the Commonwealth of Virginia. Examples of vehicles which qualify for tax relief include a passenger car, motorcycle, pickup truck or panel truck with a registered gross weight of less than 7,501 pounds, vehicles owned by an individual, or leased by an individual under a contract requiring payment the personal property tax and vehicles used no more than 50 percent of the time for business purposes.

David Broyles may be reached at 276-779-4013 or on Twitter@CarrollNewsDave.

By David Broyles

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