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$51.9M Sumter County budget passes without tax hike

Spending plan has a 3% cost-of-living raise for county employees

BY KAYLA ROBINS
kayla@theitem.com
Posted 6/16/19

Sumter County Council passed its $51.9 million budget Tuesday balanced with no tax increase for the third year in a row.

The county's $2.8 million capital outlay bond that will fund projects spanning equipment for firefighters to a new ambulance …

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$51.9M Sumter County budget passes without tax hike

Spending plan has a 3% cost-of-living raise for county employees

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Sumter County Council passed its $51.9 million budget Tuesday balanced with no tax increase for the third year in a row.

The county's $2.8 million capital outlay bond that will fund projects spanning equipment for firefighters to a new ambulance to replacing old Windows 7 computers throughout government departments was presented unchanged Tuesday. A public hearing was held for the bond, during which no one spoke, and both the bond ordinance and the budget ordinance, which presented $51,908,042 in both spending and earning, passed unanimously.

A public hearing for the budget was held at the previous meeting during second reading, and multiple budget workshops were navigated to lead to the balanced budget that passed.

With the approval, all county employees will receive a 3% cost-of-living adjustment as well as retirement and health insurance contributions, according to County Administrator Gary Mixon.

A change in travel reimbursements for county employees will now align more closely with IRS guidelines, Mixon said.

The changes will appear in the new county handbook.

Mixon also said there was an adjustment for a headcount change at the Sumter County Sheriff's Office Detention Center to nix one position, as directed by the sheriff.

New subdivision at Camden Highway/Alice Drive approved

Third and final readings passed unanimously for two rezoning requests at the beginning of the meeting.

One request was to rezone 4.98 acres at 526 Godwin St. from Residential-15 to Agricultural Conservation, and the other was a request from Bradford Meadows Development Co. to rezone 45.78 acres at 1449 Camden Highway from AC to R-15 to pave the way for a new residential subdivision.

Sumter City-County Zoning Administrator Helen Roodman said third readings involved no changes. Both passed unanimously without discussion.

Also during Tuesday's meeting

- The Public Safety Committee discussed naming the sheriff's office lobby in honor of I.B. Parnell, and the result was favorable, according to Councilman Chris Sumpter. The motion was approved unanimously.