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KCC agrees to settle FBO lawsuit

Posted: October 29, 2018 4:40 p.m.
Updated: October 30, 2018 1:00 a.m.
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Kershaw County Council has given the green light to move forward with settlement of a lawsuit between Kershaw County and Camden Jet Center Inc.

Near the end of its Oct. 23 meeting, council went into executive session at the request of County Attorney Ken DuBose to receive an update regarding litigation between Camden Jet Center Inc. and Kershaw County, with a possible need for a vote upon return from executive session. When council returned from executive session, Councilman Sammie Tucker Jr. made a motion that council accept a proffer of settlement in the matter of two lawsuits filed by Camden Jet Center Inc. against the county. His motion also authorized DuBose, along with County Administrator Vic Carpenter and Kershaw County Council Chair Julian Burns to negotiate and execute any final settlement documents and do all acts necessary to effectuate the settlement.

Councilman Jimmy Jones said that, while he disliked paying that much money to settle the cases, he saw the settlement as a necessary means to end an ongoing and expensive problem.

“I think this is making the best of a bad situation, and it’s time to put it behind us and move on; therefore, I will be supporting this motion and it’s time to put it behind us and move on, therefore I will be supporting this motion,” Jones said, adding his belief that the county probably could have settled for much less had it moved to do so sooner.

A judge issued an $857,000 judgment against the county in June of 2017. Under the terms of the proffered settlement, Kershaw County will pay a total of $350,000 to Camden Jet Center Inc., of which $200,000 will be paid within 30 days of ratification of the settlement and the final $150,000 to be paid by Aug. 1, 2019.

In return, Camden Jet Center Inc. agrees that all attorney’s fees, costs, and interest against the county be satisfied with this settlement and the lawsuits dismissed.

Council voted unanimously to approve the motion.

Other business discussed:

• Council held public hearing, then later, gave unanimous final approval to the 2018-2019 millage rate.
Under state law, the county passes the millage ordinance to establish the tax rate for the fiscal year. The millage rate is applied to the assessed value of property in the county.

This year’s proposed millage rate is unchanged from FY 2018 and does not require a tax increase.

This year’s millage rates are as follows:

• County Operating and Personnel  Budget - 65.8

• County Debt Service - 10.6

• County Fire District - 9.7

• County Sewer District - 2.6

• County Capital - 3.5

• Emergency Medical Services - 5.1

In addition, the millage ordinance sets a 25.8 mill rate for the Lugoff Fire District.

• Council awarded a bid in the amount of $171,982 to First Class Construction, a Columbia-based contractor, for renovating the space formerly occupied by Central Carolina Technical College into office space. The area in question is the ground/basement floor of the County Government Center.

• Council passed a resolution expressing intent to reimburse Kershaw County with the proceeds of tax exempt obligations for costs associated with sewer projects.

• Council passed a proclamation designating the week of Nov. 12-18, 2018 as National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week.

Kershaw County Council meets next at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13 in the county government center, 515 Walnut St., Camden. Meetings are open to the public.

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