A public hearing and a third and final vote on the Kershaw County budget for fiscal year 2015 is on the agenda for Tuesday's meeting of the county council. The meeting normally would have been June 10, but was postponed a week by the primary election.
Property owners in the Lugoff Fire District (LFD) will see an increase in their taxes after Kershaw County Council unanimously approved the district's proposed fiscal year 2015 budget at a special meeting Tuesday. The fiscal year begins July 1.
With Lugoff being one of the fastest growing areas of Kershaw County, Lugoff Fire-Rescue (LF-R) wants to be sure they keep up with that growth in its firefighting and prevention services. LF-R Chief Dennis Ray presented information to Kershaw County Council at its meeting Tuesday, asking for approval of the LF-R's Fiscal Year 2015 budget. The proposal includes a 2-mil tax increase to fund the hiring of one additional firefighter who would also serve as the Lugoff Fire District's (LFD) fire marshal. The current millage rate for the district is 29.4.
Lugoff Fire-Rescue Chief Dennis Ray will present a detailed slide show during Kershaw County Council's meeting Tuesday on how the Lugoff Fire District has grown. Ray will also ask council to approve his department's budget for the next fiscal year.
Monday, Memorial Day marks the traditional start of the summer recreation season. Duke Energy encourages everyone to practice safety while boating and enjoying other activities on the lakes along the Catawba River.
Looking for a good read this summer? The Kershaw County Library (KCL) has you covered. Thanks to a Library-Services and Technology Act grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services administered by the South Carolina State Library, the library will soon be kicking off its first Book to Action program.
Two Kershaw County naturalists, Josh Arrants and Austin Jenkins, will join forces with conservation photographer Clay Bolt, forest wildlife ecologist Drew Lanham and renowned South Carolina naturalist Rudy Mancke for a screening and panel discussion of the film The Lost Bird Project, May 31. Arrants, Bolt, Lanham and Mancke will be part of the panel; Jenkins will serve as moderator.
School district representatives asked Kershaw County Council for 4.1 mils in funding for the upcoming school year. Kershaw County Board of School Trustees Chairwoman Mara Jones and Kershaw County School District (KCSD) Chief Finance Officer Donnie Weeks made the request during a presentation to council Tuesday evening on the district's annual budget.
On May 6, seven Kershaw County nonprofit organizations participated in Midlands Gives, a 24-hour online giving campaign sponsored by the Central Carolina Community Foundation. A total of 150 nonprofit organizations from nine counties in the Midlands participated in the fundraising event. Kershaw County ranked fourth highest in raising donations with a total of $13,779 and 136 donors by the end of the 24-hour period.
Bethune residents who receive water service from the town will soon see a rate increase. Bethune Town Council announced the rate increase at its May meeting on Thursday. Councilman Don Witham reported the town's water rates are lower than other water providers in the area and the added money is needed for necessary repairs to the town's water tank and delivery system.