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.
They say if you don’t like the weather in South Carolina, just give it a couple of days and it will change. This has really been the case lately in Sumter. One day the high temperature will be in the 30’s and the next few days back in the 50’s or even 60’s. We have also had our fair share of rain which has really made the County road repairs difficult; wet dirt roads have to dry before they can be regraded. We appreciate the patience of our citizens living on roads in these conditions.
2014 is nearly over and it is a great time to reflect on the accomplishments in County Government.
Sumter County transitioned to a new audit firm, Webster-Rogers; the 2013 Audit review went relatively smoothly. An “unqualified” opinion was offered, which in auditing terms is in good standing. (The County’s 2014 Audit is expected by January 2015.)
The annual budget cycle went well which began in February and ended in June. There was no tax millage increase in the County, City, or the School District. The first time in over 30 years!
is a nice month to be outdoors. The October morning chill is a welcome relief to the hot days of summer. The cool fall weather is also a reminder that it is time to go to the Election Polls. I mentioned in my last blog about the importance of getting out and casting your vote on November 4, 2014, Election Day, again I encourage you to get out and vote.
In the upcoming November election, the citizens of Sumter County will have an opportunity to cast their votes on a selection of candidates for various offices.Also, voters will be asked a very important question.
The heat is on! August in the South can bring some hot days, and the last few weeks have been true to the season. The Sumter community has the heat during the day followed by our regions standard evening showers which cools down the temperature and beautifies our green community.
Yes, after five long months of preparation and deliberation, Sumter County has a balanced budget with no tax increase. We have unofficially researched and believe this is the first time in more than 25 years that the Sumter City and County Governments, along with the Sumter School District, have not imposed a tax increase to the citizens. This is great news for the property owners in our community. I would like to publicly thank our Council for this vote and our staff for minimizing cost while maintaining quality services to our citizens.
The budget season is here!Yes, it is that time of year again when local governments, all 46 counties within South Carolina, are sharpening their pencils to have a balanced budget for the Fiscal Year 2014-15.Most budget years for South Carolina governments commence July 1 and conclude June 30.On or before June 30 of every year County and City governments by law must pa