Disclaimer

The web view of Council document contents is for viewing and reference only.  If you need or want a copy of the actual document, please click the downloadable file at the bottom of the page.

Minutes Regular Meeting 04/24/12

  Minutes
Sumter County Council
Regular Meting
April 24, 2012 - Held at 6:00 p.m.
Sumter County Administration Building, County Council Chambers
13 East Canal Street , Sumter, South Carolina


 

COUNCIL MEMBERS PRESENT:

  1. Chairman Eugene Baten, Council District #7
  2. Vice Chairman, Larry Blanding, Council District #6
  3. Councilman Artie Baker, Council District #2
  4. Councilman Jimmy Byrd , Council District #3
  5. Councilman Charles T. Edens, Council District #4
  6. Councilwoman Vivian Fleming McGhaney, Council District #5
  7. Councilwoman Naomi D. Sanders, District 1

COUNCIL MEMBERS ABSENT:  None

STAFF MEMBERS PRESENT:

Mary W. Blanding, Clerk to Council

Gary Mixon, County Administrator

Lorraine Dennis, Assist. County Administrator

George McGregor, Planning Director

Pam Craven, Finance Director

Two Deputy Sheriff Officers

Pylisha Ward, IT Director

Keysa Rogers, Budget Analyst

The Honorable Carolina Richardson

 

 

MEDIA PRESENT:  None

 

 

THE PUBLIC PRESENT:

Approximately 32 members of the public were in attendance.

     

 

CALL TO ORDER:  Chairman of Council, Eugene R. Baten, called the meeting to order. 

INVOCATION:  Councilwoman Vivian Fleming McGhaney gave the invocation. 

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE:  All in attendance repeated the Pledge of Allegiance.    

APPROVAL OF AGENDA:  Chairman Baten asked the Clerk to Council if there were any adjustments to the agenda.  She stated that there were no additions; however, there was a change in the caption of the Resolution listed under New Business.  Mrs. Blanding asked Council to approve the agenda by deleting the existing caption and inserting the new caption.  See information below. 

Delete Caption:

A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE SHERIFF OF SUMTER COUNTY TO ENTER INTO AN AGREEMENT FOR THE PURPOSE OF PROVIDING SERVICES IN CONJUNCTION WITH A MULTI-JURISDICTIONAL ALCOHOL ENFORCEMENT TEAM INCLUDING THE PARTICIPATION THROUGH AN AGREEMENT WITH CLARENDON COUNTY BEHAVIORAL HEALTH SERVICES TO DELIVER CERTAIN SERVICES IN ACCORDANCE WITH GRANT #CLA-AET-8

Insert New Caption:

A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE SHERIFF OF SUMTER COUNTY TO ENTER INTO AN INTERAGENCY AGREEMENT WITH THE FLORENCE POLICE DEPARTMENT FOR MUTUAL ASSISTANCE AND COOPERATION PURPOSES AND ALSO INTO AN AGREEMENT FOR THE PURPOSE OF PROVIDING SERVICES IN CONJUNCTION WITH A MULTI-JURISDICTIONAL ALCOHOL ENFORCEMENT TEAM INCLUDING THE PARTICIPATION THROUGH AN AGREEMENT WITH CLARENDON COUNTY BEHAVIORAL HEALTH SERVICES TO DELIVER CERTAIN SERVICES IN ACCORDANCE WITH GRANT #CLA-AET-8

ACTION:  MOTION was made by Councilman Byrd, seconded by Councilman Baker, and unanimously carried by Council to approve the agenda of April 24, 2012, as amended. 

APPROVAL OF REGULAR MEETING MINUTES:  Chairman Baten stated that he would entertain a motion to approve the minutes of Sumter County Council’s regular meeting held on April 10, 2012.  

ACTION:  MOTION was made by Councilman Edens, seconded by Councilman Byrd, and unanimously carried by Council to approve the minutes of April 10, 2012, as presented. 

LAND USE MATTERS AND REZONING REQUESTS

Development/Rezoning Request –

(1)   OA-12-01 -- Electronic Gaming, Internet Sweepstakes, And Other Uses Related To Simulated Gambling Devices (County) – Third Reading– (12-757) – A Request To Amend The Sumter County Zoning And Development Standards Ordinance To Define, Develop Standards, And Permit Establishments In Select Zoning Districts Where Customers Use Electronic Machines, Including But Not Limited To Computers And Gaming Terminals, To Conduct Games Of Chance And Other Games Which Simulate Gambling Or Simulate Games Of Chance, Where The Use Of Sweepstakes Promotions Are Offered And Revealed On The Electronic Machines, And Where Cash, Merchandise Or Other Items Are Redeemed Or Distributed, Whether Or Not That Distribution Is Determined By Electronic, Machine, Or Computer Game Played Or By Predetermined Odds.  These Uses Are Sometimes Described As Internet Cafes, Cybercafés, Sweepstakes Promotions, Sweepstake Parlors, And/Or Adult Gaming.  (Prior To Action On Second Reading, Council Will Hold A Public Hearing On This Proposed Ordinance Amendment.)

Mr. George McGregor, the Planning director presented this proposed ordinance amendment to Council for third reading approval.  He stated that there have been several changes by Council to the ordinance since second reading; he then waited for Council’s direction for third reading. 

Council reviewed the changes that they had made; as listed below. 

k. Electronic Gaming Establishment

  1. The use shall not be located within 300 ft., measured from structure to structure, from any residence, church, school, park, playground, liquor store or bar, and shall not be located within 1,000 ft. from any other Electronic Gaming/Sweepstakes establishment.
  1. Hours of operation shall be limited in the following manner:

Monday to Friday-- 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m.

Saturday-- 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m.

Sunday-- Prohibited

  1. Parking required: 1 space per sweepstakes terminal and 1 employee space
  1. The maximum number of terminals per establishment: 20
  1. No one under 18 years of age permitted
  1. No alcohol shall be consumed, served or available for purchase on premises
  1. A primary use is a sweepstakes establishment with 1 or more machines.  A primary use must meet all of the requirements of this section.  Individual machines shall not be permitted as an accessory use.

Then, Councilman Byrd suggested that Council consider changing the footage between two establishments.  He stated that he would like to see the gaming establishments no more than 150 feet between each other which would aid in the competition between establishments. 

The Chairman stated that he would entertain a motion concerning this suggestion. 

ACTION:  MOTION was made by Councilman Byrd, seconded by Councilman Baker, and carried by Council to change the footage requirement between two establishments from 1,000 feet to 150 feet.  Council members Baker, Sanders, Byrd, and Edens voted in the affirmative.  Council members Blanding, Baten, and McGhaney voted in opposition. 

The Chairman then asked for a motion concerning third reading of this ordinance. 

ACTION:  MOTION was made by Councilman Baker, seconded by Councilwoman Sanders, and carried by Council to grant third reading to this ordinance as amended. 

The Chairman asked if there is any discussion on this matter.  Councilman Baker stated that the discussion that he would have deals with the Business License for these establishments which would be discussed later during this meeting. 

 Chairman Baten stated that he would like to yield the Chairman to the Vice Chairman in order that he (Chairman Baten) could make a statement regarding this matter.  Vice Chairman Blanding recognized Chairman Baten who gave the following comments. 

Chairman Baten:  We the governing body of Sumter has been tasked with passing an ordinance to regulate the internet sweepstakes business.  It is my opinion regulating these businesses also means further legitimacy of them.  As a License Master Social Worker in the State of South Carolina and a former Gambling Addictions Counselor, I cannot in anyway associate myself with a business that I feel is evil, deceptive, manipulative, and is detrimental to the welfare of our citizens and the future economic development of our County.  I feel we have moved too swiftly in this process and have not allowed ample time to properly evaluate our decisions nor take the time to decide other possible actions that should have been imposed.  In all fairness to the Internet Sweepstakes Café business, I question how this business would impact our quality of life and our vision for the future.  After careful research, and obtaining the negative impact these businesses are having in other counties and states (Florida, North Carolina, Virginia, Texas, and many other states), I feel that these businesses are incompatible with our vision of Sumter County being a great place to live, learn, work, play, and worship.  States that are introducing bills to shut down internet sweepstakes café’s are being met with lawsuits filed in federal court by attorneys representing Sweepstakes Café owners alleging a violation of their first amendment rights of free speech.  I feel this business will hurt future economic development in Sumter County.  As a result of our past successes and attracting new businesses and industries such as AuSome, LLC, and Continental Tires, we anticipate new spin-off businesses coming to Sumter County.  We felt the quality of life of our citizens would improve and our future looked bright.  However, with an Internet Sweepstakes Café coming to Sumter County, I feel that our light has been dimmed.  This business will degrade the quality of life of our citizens as it has done in so many other Counties throughout.  God Bless Sumter County.  Thank You. 

The Vice Chairman then restated the motion and carried out the motion as listed below. 

ACTION:  MOTION was made by Councilman Baker, seconded by Councilwoman Sanders, and carried by Council to grant third reading to this ordinance as amended.  Council members Baker, Byrd, Edens, and Sanders voted in the affirmative.  Council members Blanding, Baten, and McGhaney voted in opposition.  The motion carried and the ordinance was approved as amended.

NOTE:  Then the Vice Chairman yielded the “Chair” back to the Chairman to carry about the meeting. 

Street Name Change – None

Grant Awards– None

OTHER PUBLIC HEARING: None

NEW BUSINESS:

(1)   A Resolution Authorizing The Withdrawal Of Sumter County, South Carolina As A Member Of The Lake Marion Regional Water Agency, And Other Matters Related Thereto.

The Chairman introduced the matter and then a motion was offered concerning this resolution. 

ACTION:  MOTION was made by Councilman Edens, seconded by Councilman Byrd, and unanimously carried by Council to table action on this resolution as presented.

(2)   A Resolution Authorizing The Sheriff Of Sumter County To Enter Into An Interagency Agreement With The Florence Police Department For Mutual Assistance And Cooperation Purposes And Also Into An Agreement For The Purpose Of Providing Services In Conjunction With A Multi-Jurisdictional Alcohol Enforcement Team Including The Participation Through An Agreement With Clarendon County Behavioral Health Services To Deliver Certain Services In Accordance With Grant #Cla-Aet-8.

Attorney Kathy Ward presented this proposed resolution on behalf of Sumter County Sheriff Anthony Dennis.  She stated that initially she provided the Clerk to Council with a resolution for Clarendon County Behavioral Health Center only and a copy went out in Council’s packets.  However, as of Monday, April 23, 2012, the Sheriff’s Department received another request concerning Florence County Police Department.  Therefore, Attorney Ward consolidated the two requests and incorporated both into this one resolution.  She asked Council to consider adopting the resolution. 

ACTION:  MOTION was made by Councilman Baker, seconded by Vice Chairman Blanding, and unanimously carried by Council approve the resolution as presented and directed the Chairman and the Clerk to execute and deliver the resolution on behalf of the County.

(3)   12-758 – First Reading – An Ordinance To Amend The Sumter County Business License Ordinance To Provide For Electronic Gaming And Simulated Gambling Devices

County Attorney Johnathan Bryan presented this ordinance to Council for first reading approval.  He stated that during the last meeting, Councilman Baker asked him to look into the possibility of placing a tax or a fee on the Simulated Gambling Devices.  Mr. Bryan stated that after his research, he concluded that the best way to place a tax on these gaming and simulated gambling devices is to amend the County’s Business License Ordinance.  (See ordinance below.)  A new section would be added to the ordinance which describes electronic gaming operations.  The fee for these devices would be up to $360 which would be in addition to the regular business license fee. 

After review of the ordinance, Councilman Baker offered the following motion. 

ACTION:  MOTION was made by Councilman Baker, seconded by Councilwoman Sanders and carried by Council to set the fee at $200 per machine instead of the $360 per machine. 

Prior to carrying the motion, the Chairman asked to speak again, and Vice Chairman Blanding asked the Chairman to yield the chair to him while he (Chairman Baten) spoke on this matter. 

Chairman Baten’s Comments:  As a result of this type of business coming to Sumter County, in my research of other counties that have this type of facility, that there has been an increased demand on law enforcement personnel to monitor these facilities, parking lots of these facilities, and as a result taking away valuable law enforcement services to other areas in the County.  Also, my research has further indicated that people who participate in this type of venture have developed gambling addictions; as a result, this County will incur some expense trying to provide gambling addiction services to people who develop this type of addiction services.   Our Lottery provides money for gambling addictions for people who play the lottery and develop a problem.  I feel, therefore, it is necessary that we also make sure that we have sufficient funds to provide those types of services to individuals who develop those types of services.  Chairman Baten stated that he is in favor of leaving the fee per machine at the figure of $360. 

Council members had discussions as to whether or not the County Attorney was recommending $360 or was this just a suggestion.  Vice Chairman Blanding stated that although the Attorney was not recommending $360, this figure is what the law would allow and would provide additional revenue for the County that could be used in many different venues. 

Chairman Baten gave the following substitute motion: (Please note that Vice Chairman Blanding is Chairing the meeting at this time.)

ACTION:  MOTION was made by Chairman Baten to allow for the fee to remain at $360.  Vice Chairman Blanding called for a second, but there was no second to the motion so it failed and Council took action on the original motion. 

ORIGINAL MOTION RESTATED -- ACTION:  MOTION was made by Councilman Baker, seconded by Councilwoman Sanders and carried by Council to set the fee at $200 per machine instead of the $360 per machine.  Council members Baker, Byrd, Edens, and Sanders voted in the affirmative.  Council members Baten, Blanding, and McGhaney voted in opposition to the motion.  The motion carried to set the fee at $200

The Vice Chairman then gave the presiding of the meeting back to the Chairman.  Chairman Baten presided over the remaining of the meeting.

Then Chairman Baten received a motion concerning first reading on this ordinance. 

ACTION:  MOTION was made by Councilman Baker, seconded by Councilman Byrd, and unanimously carried by Council to grant first reading approval.  Council members Baker, Byrd, Edens, and Sanders voted in the affirmative.  Council members Blanding, Baten, and McGhaney voted in opposition.  The motion carried to grant first reading. 

12-758 – First Reading

       WHEREAS, Sumter County Council previously enacted Ordinance 92-241, the Sumter County Business License Ordinance, establishing the requirement for all persons engaging in business in the unincorporated areas of Sumter County to obtain an annual business license; and

       WHEREAS, the Sumter County Business License Ordinance is codified in Chapter 26, Article II, Sections 26-33 through 26-42 of the Code of Ordinances for Sumter County South Carolina; and

       WHEREAS, Sumter County Council desires to amend certain parts of the Sumter County Business License Ordinance to include provisions relevant to electronic gaming and simulated gambling devices as an integral part of a business.

       NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT ORDAINED BY THE COUNTY COUNCIL OF SUMTER COUNTY, SOUTH CAROLINA, AT ITS REGULAR MEETING DULY ASSEMBLED AND BY THE AUTHORITY THEREOF:

Chapter 26, Article II, Section 26-42 of the Code of Ordinances for Sumter County, South Carolina is hereby amended to add the following provisions:

Sec. 26-39.1 Electronic Gaming Establishments

(a)  Electronic Gaming Operations are defined as: Any business enterprise, whether as a principal use or an accessory use, where persons use electronic machines, including but not limited to computers and gaming terminals, to conduct games of chance, actual or simulated, including sweepstakes, and where cash, merchandise or other items of value are redeemed or otherwise distributed, whether or not the value of such distribution is determined by electronic games played or by predetermined results.  This term includes, but is not limited to internet cafes, internet sweepstakes, cybercafés, sweepstakes promotions, or sweepstake parlors.  This does not include any lottery approved by the State of South Carolina.

(b) No license to operate an Electronic Gaming Operation shall be issued to a corporation or association or in a trade name for such.  Any application for a corporation, association or for a trade name shall be made by one or more natural persons who are officers for its use, and such officer or officers in making such application shall be held to assume all responsibility thereunder as individuals and shall be subject to all the provisions and penalties set forth herein or in any other ordinance of the County.

(c)  No person shall be eligible for such license if he or the person who will have actual control and management of the business proposed to be operated:

(1) Is a minor?

(2) Is not of good repute or has been convicted of a felony; or

(3) Has had a license under the provisions of this article revoked within a five-year period next preceding the filing of the application.    

(d)  Applicants for licenses under rate class 7999 Electronic Gaming Operations, in addition to the license application requirement under section 26-27, shall complete a sworn statement for the purpose of establishing his qualification to operate an electronic gaming operation under this section.

Sec. 26-42.  Classification rate schedules

(4) Class 8 rates.

SIC

 

Income

Minimum

Per $1,000.00 or fraction

7999

Electronic Gaming Establishments

$360.00 per machine (or “station”); plus

First $2,000.00

 

$50.00 plus

 

 

 

 

Over $2,000.00

 

$2.50

 

(4)   It May Be Necessary To Hold An Executive Session To Discuss A Personnel Matter, Receive A Legal Briefing, Or Discuss A Contractual Matter And Appropriate Actions May Be Required And Taken Thereafter

No Executive Session was held. 

OLD BUSINESS: 

(1)   12-754 – Third Reading -- An Ordinance Authorizing A Permanent Easement To Carolina Power & Light, D/B/A Progress Energy Carolinas, Inc. On Saint Matthews Church Road.

The County Attorney, Johnathan Bryan asked Council to table this matter due to negotiations that are still ongoing between Progress Energy and Continental Tire. 

ACTION:  MOTION was made by Councilman Byrd, seconded by Vice Chairman Blanding, and unanimously carried by Council to table third reading on this ordinance.

(2)   12-756 – Third Reading -- An Ordinance Authorizing The Sale Of Property Located On South Guignard Parkway And Rainaire Boulevard, Sumter, SC.

The County Attorney, Johnathan Bryan stated that he has not yet heard from the Appraiser on this property; the prospective purchaser is still interested, but will make his final decision once he hears from the appraiser.  Mr. Bryan asked Council to defer action on this matter at this time.   

ACTION:  MOTION was made by Vice Chairman Blanding, seconded by Councilman Byrd, and carried by Council to defer third reading on this ordinance. (Note:  Councilman Edens reclused himself from discussion and voting on this item.)

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

(1)   Fiscal, Tax, And Property Committee Meeting Held On Tuesday, April 24, 2012, At 4:30 P.M. In Sumter County Administration Building, County Council’s Conference Room– (Baten, Blanding, And Edens).

  1. Executive Session

SWRTA One:  At the conclusion of discussing this matter in Executive Session, the Committee, in open session recommended to direct the County Administrator to pursue renegotiations on a loan for Santee Wateree Regional Transportation Authority (SWRTA). 

ACTION:  MOTION and second were received from the Committee, and unanimously carried by Council to approve the recommendation as presented. 

SWRTA Two:  Also, the Committee discussed providing additional funds for this fiscal year of $13,800; the Committee recommended approval of this request and the funds will be secured from the general fund line item. 

ACTION:  MOTION and second were received from the Committee, and unanimously carried by Council to approve the recommendation as presented. 

Restrictive Covenants:  At the conclusion of discussing this matter in Executive Session, the Committee, in open session recommended to direct the Chairman and the Clerk to execute and deliver the appropriate documents to allow for a Restrictive Covenants on property located near the Caterpillar Industrial.

ACTION:  MOTION and second were received from the Committee, and unanimously carried by Council to approve the recommendation as presented. 

2     Discussion On Information Concerning A County Flag. The Clerk and the County Administrator, presented a sample County Flag to Council to consider for approval and or make changes.  The Committee suggested several changes (Revise the outline of the County and consider using the word Sumter County, instead of Sumter.)

  1. Discussion On Location Of Plaque.  The County Administrator and the Clerk to Council presented a plaque to Council with recognizes the former County Administrator for his many years of service to the County.  It was recommended that the plaque will be hung in the lobby of the Administration Building on the first floor near the elevator in a visible location for all to see who come to this building; and it was recommended that if the County Administration Offices are ever moved to another building, then the plaque would be placed in a visible location at any building known as the County Administration Office.

ACTION:  MOTION and second were received from the Committee, and unanimously carried by Council to approve the recommendation as presented. 

  1. Discussion Concerning Peddler’s License.  This matter was referred to the County Council’s Public Safety Committee. 

ACTION:  MOTION and second were received from the Committee, and unanimously carried by Council to approve the recommendation as presented. 

  1. Accessory Buildings In Agricultural Zoning.  It was recommended that this matter be sent to the Planning Commission with the recommendations as indicated in the chart below. 

ACTION:  MOTION and second were received from the Committee, and unanimously carried by Council to approve the recommendation as presented. 

EXHIBIT 8A

Maximum square footage of residential accessory structures based on gross acreage

 

Acreage

0

0.1

0.2

0.3

0.4

0.5

0.6

0.7

0.8

0.9

**<0.5

See note 1

0.5

1100

1120

1150

1140

1250

1160

1350

1180

1450

-

-

-

-

-

1.0

1200

1500

1225

1250

1275

1300

1325

1350

1375

1400

1425

2.0

1450

1475

1500

1525

1550

1575

1600

1625

1650

1675

3.0

1700

1725

1750

1775

1800

1825

1850

1875

1900

1925

4.0

1950

1975

2000

2025

2050

2075

2100

2125

2150

2175

5.0

2200

2225

2250

2275

2300

2325

2350

2375

2400

2425

6.0

2450

2475

2500

2525

2550

2575

2600

2625

2650

2675

7.0

2700

2725

2750

2775

0800

2825

2850

2875

2900

2925

8.0

2950

2975

3000

3025

3050

3075

3100

3125

3150

3175

9.0

3200

3225

3250

3275

3300

3325

3350

3375

3400

3425

≥ 10.0

Exempt, see note 2

NOTES:

  1. Maximum size for accessory structures on all parcels less than 0.5 acres in size is 1000 sq. ft.
  2. All parcels over 10 acres in size are exempt from maximum square footage requirements, however, each zoned parcel shall not exceed the maximum impervious surface ration for the given zoning district.
  1. Discussion Concerning Information About The Impending Sweepstakes Ordinance.

Action on this matter handled earlier during the meeting. 

  1. Continued Discussion On Membership In Lake Marion Regional Water Agency.

Action on this matter handled earlier during the meeting. 

  1. Draft – Sumter County Report To The People.

This matter was presented by Mrs. Lorraine Dennis, Assistant County Administrator; Council members were asked to get recommendations to Mrs. Dennis prior to Council’s next meeting. 

  1. Sumter County Financials Ending March 31, 2012.

The County Financials were given during the Fiscal, Tax, and Property Committee meeting.  Also, The Honorable Carolina B. Richardson, County Treasure gave a report on Tax Collections.  The Chairman asked Mrs. Richardson to give this same report during the regular meeting. 

Tax Collections Status as of March 31, 2012

 

2012 Budget

% collected

FY 2012 Collected

Difference

Ad Valorem Taxes

$17,853,050

85%

$15,124,627

(2,728,423)

Legislative Mandates

401,350

92%

367,759

(33,591)

LOST

5,300,00

121%

6,416,183

1,116,183

Totals

23,554,400

93%

21,908,569

(1,645,831)

 

Fee Collections Status as of March 31, 2012

 

2012 Budget

% collected

FY 2012 Collected

Difference

Technology Fee

257,000

81%

207,720

(49,280)

Solid Waste Fee

1,752,189

97%

1,699,382

(52,807)

Stormwater Utility Fee

475,000

99%

469,260

(5,740)

 

$2,484,189

96%

2,376,362

(107,827)

 

 

 

 

 

Late Fee Ordinance

2,484,189

96%

280,350

114,745.00

  1. Budget Discussions – Fiscal Year 2012-2013 Budget.

This was discussed briefly in the Committee.

(2)   Report From Council Members On Other Meetings, Trainings, And/Or Conferences

Councilwoman McGhaney stated that Mr. Darby will be retiring on Tuesday, May 29, 2012.  She stated that she hopes Council will be there to honor him. 

MONTHLY REPORTS: 

  • The 100 Anniversary Celebration of the Council-Manager Form of Government
  • Development Board Monthly Meeting
  • Pee Dee Regional Re-entry Coordinator
  • Annual Banquet For Firefighters and EMS Employees
  • Santee Lynches Regional Economic Forecast for 2012-2013
  • Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast
  • Sheriff’s Office Prayer Breakfast

ADMINISTRATOR’S REPORT: 

The County Administrator stated he and Mr. Bryan attended the Mega Park Meeting (Sumter, Clarendon, Lee, and Williamsburg Counties).  The Mega Park Property is located off Interstate 95 and it is certified as an Industrial Mega Site.  The Counties meet annually to discuss potential industries that they would like to see in the park and other strategic planning for the site. 

PUBLIC COMMENT: 

The Chairman asked if anyone wished to speak during public comment; the following person spoke. 

  • Mr. James Davis spoke to Council on behalf of the Committee on Responsible Government.  He stated that they are concerned about SWRTA’s funding not being up to par.   He added that for the last decade, SWRTA has not been funded properly according to a study which was done by the City and County in 1996.  Mr. Davis said that Continental Tire was not given all the tax breaks that it would have received because the County did not allow SWRTA to be at the table when discussions were underway.  SWRTA could have provided transportation for employees of Continental Tire.  Mr. Davis also mentioned several taxes that Sumter County Council could have implemented to help SWRTA, DUI tax, moving violation tax, hospitality tax, etc.  He further stated that the County cannot afford not to give SWRTA the proper funding to pull down federal dollars equaling more than $3,000,000 to help with the operations of SWRTA. 

ADJOURNMENT: 

There being no further business and no additional comments from the public, the meeting was adjourned at 7:18 p.m. after a motion by Councilman Baker, seconded by Vice Chairman Blanding, and unanimously carried by Council.


©2012 Sumter County South Carolina Government | All Rights Reserved