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What your government is doing, Sumter County Council: Unidentified company proposes $70.5M investment for solar energy facility

BY SHELBIE GOULDING
shelbie@theitem.com
Posted 6/13/20

In addition to presenting a balanced budget with a 1.5-mill increase as opposed to an increase of 2.5 mills that was originally proposed, Sumter County Council addressed other matters at its meeting Tuesday.

Project Black River lookS to invest …

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What your government is doing, Sumter County Council: Unidentified company proposes $70.5M investment for solar energy facility

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In addition to presenting a balanced budget with a 1.5-mill increase as opposed to an increase of 2.5 mills that was originally proposed, Sumter County Council addressed other matters at its meeting Tuesday.

Project Black River looks to invest $70.5M

Council also unanimously approved a resolution to allow investment expenditures incurred by a company known as Project Black River.

This resolution is to constitute economic development by accepting certain fee payments in lieu of ad valorem taxes as the county moves forward with a tax ordinance.

The company, as agreed, plans to establish a solar energy generation facility in Sumter County with about $70.5 million in new investment in real and personal property in the county, according to the resolution document.

No one from the public attended either hearings or sent in comments.

'Paper street' property transfer

Council held first hearing for an ordinance that would transfer Little John Lane to adjoining property owners.

The property is considered a "paper street," meaning it appears on the map but was never developed. When that happens, a property owner or several property owners may want to take over a road.

A portion of Little John Lane was never paved by the developers or connected to a public road, so the transfer of this portion of Little John Lane would give the property owners access to a public road.

With no comments from the public, council unanimously approved the second reading of the transfer.

County mirrors city's door-to-door sales suspension

An emergency ordinance to suspend door-to-door sales in Sumter County for 60 days was approved.

After discussing how the City of Sumter already approved a similar ordinance as of June 2, Councilman Jimmy Bryd said he is against the ordinance and asked that it be changed to expire on the same date as the city, to which council agreed.