Sumter County Council Tuesday evening passed a balanced $51,163,769 budget with a 1.9 mill increase.
County Attorney Johnathan Bryan spoke about an ordinance calling for a referendum to determine whether the S.C. Department of Revenue may issue temporary permits to allow for the sale of beer and wine for off premises consumption on Sunday in Sumter County.
The voters would have to pass the referendum, he said, but the ordinance would allow the question to be placed on the ballot as a referendum.
First reading passed; Councilwoman Vivian Fleming-McGhaney voted against it.
Bryan spoke about an ordinance from the City of Sumter allowing for public hearings and meeting to take place as long as public health concerns and social distancing guidelines are in place.
Joint boards, with members appointed by both City Council and County Council, fall under the ordinance, and so County Council members simply had to not raise objections, he said.
Council members approved of the ordinance.
Third reading of an ordinance authorizing the transfer of Little John Lane to adjoining property owners passed unanimously.
County Administrator Gary Mixon spoke next about third reading for the capital bond ordinance which authorizes the issuance and sale of $3.5 million in general obligation bonds to fund various purchases in the coming Fiscal Year. Major purchases include vehicles and equipment for Public Safety, he said, and a new trash compactor for the Landfill.
Third reading passed unanimously.
The 1.9 mill increase will fund raises for Sumter County Sheriff’s Office Deputies and employees based upon a wage study.
After third reading of the budget ordinance passed, Mixon said he understood the different viewpoints regarding budgetary matters but applauded council members for honoring their commitment to public safety officers and detention center officers.