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.
Yes, County government operates on a fiscal year which begins July 1 and ends June 30 each year. As required by South Carolina law, County Council at its meeting held on June 23, 2015, passed the County’s fiscal year 2015-2016 operating budget of $49,349,943.
Your County Council has approved two readings for the Fiscal Year 2015-2016 budget requests. By South Carolina law, counties must pass a balanced budget by June 30 each year. On June 9, 2015, Council gave second reading approval to a balanced County operating budget of $49,349,943. Included in the new budget proposal is a change in the EMS services, a COLA (Cost of Living Adjustment) for employees, and funding for other agencies to include the Sumter County Library. The budget is balanced which includes 2 additional mills for the aforementioned items. County Council is scheduled to give third and final reading on the Fiscal Year 2015-2016 operating budget requests at its next meeting on June 23, 2015.
No! It is not the end of times but the end of another County Budget year. The County’s fiscal year runs July 1st to June 30th each year. The business of work proposed and approved by County Council in 2014-15 is quickly winding down.
Your administrative and financial staffs are currently compiling each department’s budget requests for the new fiscal year beginning July 1, 2015; this has us working neck deep in the annual budget process.