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County council honors former treasurer Steve Vincent

Posted: July 16, 2015 4:48 p.m.
Updated: July 17, 2015 1:00 a.m.

Kershaw County Council held a relatively short meeting Tuesday which included the unanimous passage of a resolution honoring the years of service and valuable innovations by recently retired county Treasurer Steve Vincent.

Vincent served as treasurer for 18 years, beginning in 1997, the proclamation said. During that time, he created and implemented an online system allowing taxpayers to review and pay their tax bills by computer; to pay with credit or debit cards in the office; and other advances making the treasurer’s office more efficient for taxpayers and saved as much as $2 million for the county.

Vincent, who was not present Tuesday night, decided not to run again in 2014. Voters elected Jill Catoe, a long-time treasurer’s office employee and Vincent’s deputy treasurer, to the job.

“I’ve known Steve Vincent since the first day he came to Kershaw County,” Councilman Jimmy Jones said. “He has always remained a very close and good friend of mine, a man of faith, somebody I have admired and looked up to. His service to Kershaw County is certainly without question. His biggest testament is the legacy he left when he decided not to run and had someone who was fully trained and qualified and ready to take his position, and Ms. Catoe, we thank you for stepping up and putting yourself out there.”

Council also unanimously approved a resolution authorizing the county to allocate funds for various capital projects.

“In the budget the council has approved, there is a capital budget. Included in that is a list of capital items the county intends to purchase in the coming year,” County Administrator Vic Carpenter explained. “Those will be purchased mostly with a bond that will be sold in a few months. What this allows us to do in some cases is to go ahead and start spending the money now and reimburse ourselves when the bond is sold.”

In other business, council unanimously passed third and final reading of an ordinance changing the zoning designation on a property from R-15 to RD-2. First reading was also approved for an ordinance regarding a joint industrial park with neighboring Chesterfield County. County Attorney Ken DuBose said the ordinance would simplify any future additions of properties to the industrial park.

“The Kershaw County Council previously passed an ordinance and a multicounty industrial park agreement with Chesterfield County that involved a parcel of land in Chesterfield County,” DuBose said. “It takes the previous ordinance the county has already enacted with Chesterfield County and it makes it generic. Now, we or Chesterfield County can add property to the park simply. You would have to have an ordinance with three readings and a public hearing, but you wouldn’t have to have a new agreement.”

DuBose said Kershaw County has similar agreements with Sumter and Fairfield counties.

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