By Lucas Vance firstname.lastname@example.org
May 31, 2014
WINNSBORO — Fairfield County Council approved a resolution to reduce the millage rate at Tuesday night’s regular scheduled meeting.
Based upon the county’s FY 2014-2015 budget, which passed two weeks ago, overall millage for the county’s general fund operations including debt with millage agencies will be reduced by 4.8 mills.
Interim County Administrator Milton Pope noted that county staff is particularly proud of the millage resolution.
“We’ve been able to fund the major items need in county operations and I think we are adjusting to make sure we efficient and effective,” he stated. “We are very pleased that we are reducing the millage and yet still investing in major priority items of the council and meeting the critical needs of the county as well.”
Next year will be re-assessment year, where state law requires that local governments reassess every five years.
In other business, council unanimously approved the third and final reading of Ordinance 630, which amends the Fairfield County Land Management Ordinance (Ordinance 596) to provide for the zoning reclassification from R-1 to R-2 of .68 acres on Peays Ferry Road in Winnsboro.
The first readings of Ordinances 632 and 633 were also passed to authorize an amendment to the master agreement governing the I-77 corridor Regional Industrial Park.
Fairfield County participates in a multi-county industrial park with Richland County and a percentage of proceeds goes to each county. Pope advised council that the agreement is beneficial for Fairfield.
“This is a situation where largely developed counties participate with under developed counties,” he said. “This is, at least in my professional opinion, a relationship that has been tremendously beneficial to the county.”
Council also unanimously approved a new appointment, Boyd Brown, to the Fairfield Memorial Hospital Board.
During his Administrator’s Report, Pope informed council that the engineer drawings are complete for Drawdy Park in order to make repairs after a failure at the retaining wall.
Fairfield County has hired its own engineering firm with civil and structural engineers. The plans will be made available for review in county staff offices.
“We’re looking forward to this repair and making the facility safe for citizen’s use,” Pope said.
The correction of district lines that left District 5 without representation on Fairfield County’s School Board is nearing completion.
In a public hearing that took just three minutes, council unanimously passed the second reading of the ordinance.
As advised by Bobby Bowers, director of the South Carolina Budget Control Board, county council is in the process of passing a resolution to correct the lines. The error was not done at any fault of the county but was a GEO code error Bowers wrote in letter to county administration.
Pope noted that county staff also sent the information to Fairfield County Voter Registration director Debbie Stidham, who affirmed everything was correct to make the school board lines consistent with the county council lines.
County Council will have a special called meeting on June 5 to discuss the third and final reading of Ordinance 631, which will authorize Fairfield County to restore the Fairfield County School Board District lines to the proper configuration as originally ordained by the General Assembly.
The special called meting will begin at 3 p.m. at County Council Chambers at 350 Columbia Road in Winnsboro.