It seems just like yesterday that we were overwhelmed by the disastrous “Millennium Flood”; working around the clock to provide shelter, food, and other essentials for victims throughout Sumter County. Today we are still working through road issues and material losses throughout our County. I extend thanks to everyone for their patience and understanding as we continue to move through this very slow process of rebuilding.
April has arrived and spring is in the air. The flowers and trees are in full bloom and everything is starting to turn green.
For local government officials, spring also means the budget season will begin. The County budget operates on a fiscal year, which begins July 1 and ends June 30 of the following calendar year. By South Carolina’s law, County Budgets approved by County Council must be a balanced budget. Budgeted operating expenses for the County must be balanced by equal amounts of expected revenues.
As the warm weather approaches, we all enjoy spending more time outdoors. This year, unlike many in the past, will likely have an annoying enemy awaiting us, the MOSQUITO! With large amounts of standing water in ditches and low lying areas, we are guaranteed to have a tough season with mosquitoes this spring and summer. The County, in partnership with the City of Sumter, has picked up the Mosquito Control efforts in Sumter County when our State Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) elected not to provide this service any longer.
I hope Sumter County will have a mild, uneventful New Year, at least as it relates to weather concerns. This County is still experiencing flood related issues because of the amount of rain we have had since the flood which has caused a high water table in this area.
Yes, we are well into December and the holiday spirit is amongst us. With all the troubles from weather related floods or tragic national and global upheaval, we need not look any further to realize how blessed we are in America.
As the holidays approach, Sumter citizens have much to be thankful for this season. While we have encountered one of the worst flood events seen in Sumter County for many years, we are most thankful that no weather related fatalities were declared in Sumter County. Our ever-ready professional emergency service staff provided the best care throughout this horrific flood.
Fall is in the air and your County Government is gearing up for another busy year. Sumter County will sell a $30,600,000.00 Bond Anticipation Note, better known as a “BAN”, on September 30, 2015. The “BAN” funds will allow Sumter County to get started early on the 2016 Penny for Progress projects; the new E911 Emergency Communication System, the new Police and Fire Headquarters, and numerous road improvements. Also included in the early project list are architectural and engineering costs for several building projects so that many more projects can begin in 2016.
Is the time of year when the final books close from the previous fiscal year ending June 30. Generally July and August is spent preparing our financial books for the external independent auditing firm to review and offer their opinion to County Council and the public about the County’s financial status for the previous year.