Kershaw County Council will consider third and final readings of four ordinances tied to the Fiscal Year 2020 budget during its meeting tonight. Before it does, however, it will open the meeting with four public hearings -- one for each of the proposed ordinances. Those hearings will be to gather public input on:
• A proposed $25 per land parcel and vehicles owned by residents in the county to help jumpstart plans for a professional fire services and a new fire district that would be created a year from now in July 2020.
• The proposed nearly $48.836 million Fiscal Year 2020 budget itself.
• The proposed millage rate for the county. Aside from approving 25.8 mills as the millage rate for the Lugoff Fire District (LFD), the proposal does not raise any existing millage rates from 2018, keeping county operating and personnel budget millage at 65.8 mills, county debt service at 10.6 mills, county fire district at 9.7 mills, county sewer district at 2.6 mills, county capital at 3.5 mils, and emergency medical services at 5.1 mills. It does, however, add in -- as amended on second reading two weeks ago -- a 2.4-mil line item for Central Carolina Technical School. This brings the total millage (not including the LFD) to 99.7 mills.
• An ordinance amending and restating Chapter 13, “Public Utilities” of the county’s ordinances.
The last ordinance, regarding public utilities, deals almost exclusively with changes in wording necessary to be in line with EPA regulations.
Once the public hearings are conducted, council will adopt its agenda, issue a proclamation recognizing Elder Abuse Awareness Day and then approve the minutes of its May 28 meeting. Once those items are dealt with, council will turn to the third readings of the four ordinances.
Under new business, council will take up the LFD’s annual budget and discuss having the All-America City logo placed on all county water towers.
Today’s meeting will begin at 6 p.m. in council chambers at the Kershaw County Government Center, 515 Walnut St., Camden, and is open to the public.