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Money for debate included in state budget

FARMVILLE — The recently approved 2016-18 biennial state budget — approved by both the Virginia House of Delegates and Senate — includes $132,400 to aid the Town of Farmville in preparation for the vice presidential debate in October.

According to Farmville Town Manager Gerald Spates, the town submitted a budget outlining what the money would be used for, including paying for law enforcement overtime and smaller safety-related items.

The Department of Planning and Budget’s Dan Timberlake said the budget was approved on Friday. It awaits Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s approval.

The requested funds were outlined in the proposed budget as one-time non-recurring funds, categorized under community development services.

“Out of the amounts in this item, $132,400 the first year from the general fund is provided to the Town of Farmville to support the vice presidential debate to be hosted at Longwood University,” the budget bill states.