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KCC to consider final budget reading

Posted: June 25, 2018 5:16 p.m.
Updated: June 26, 2018 1:00 a.m.

Kershaw County Council will hold public hearing, then hold third and final reading of the Fiscal Year 2019 budget for Kershaw County during tonight’s regular meeting.

The total budget comes in at $44,142,894 and does not require a tax increase.

During the June 14 meeting, council approved second reading of the budget, with several amendments, including:

• An amendment which restricts a portion of the reserve fund equal to three months of the previous year’s general fund budget for the purpose of cash flow, as well as an additional one month of the previous year general fund to respond to emergencies or disasters.

• An amendment to transfer $103,120 from the sewer fund to the general fund, which includes $35,000 to go to upgrade a part time deputy coroner position to full time; $21,750 to be allocated to outside agencies, including Camden 1st Community Development, Clemson Extension, KC Board of Disabilities, Kershaw Conservation District, Santee-Wateree RTA, Alpha Center, United Way and Wateree Community Action. The remaining $46,370 would replace funds from the reserve fund to help balance the budget.

• An amendment removing Wateree Community Actions from the list of outside agencies to be funded.

• An amendment to the capital budget to eliminate a $400,000 line item designated for the new park on the Wateree River and instead place that money in capital reserves.

• An amendment to the capital budget to add $250,000 for the ALPHACenter to construct a new building, with restrictions that the remaining funds, which are to come from sale of the present property, state funds, and a fundraising campaign, be in hand before the ALPHA Center receives the county’s funds, the funds be used for new construction only, and the county funds be used within a 24 month period. If the 24 months elapse without the previous requirements being met and council has not made changes to the restrictions, the funds revert back to the county.

Council will hold public hearing and consider third and final reading of an intergovernmental agreement between the county and Central Carolina Technical College regarding use and maintenance of campus facilities, as well as first reading of an ordinance authorizing the execution of a first amendment to option agreement between Kershaw County and Earnest Health Holdings, a Delaware-based corporation. In the event the option is executed, the ordinance would also allow for the execution of a limited warranty deed.

Council will hear an update on the S.C. Equine Park.

Council will also discuss the Clean Community Commission as well as consider a live streaming bid from KM video.

Kershaw County Council meets at 5:30 p.m. today in the County Government Center, 515 Walnut St., Camden. Meetings are open to the public.

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