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Government

  • Council votes for $98.7M county budget

    The average taxpayer will see about a $28 increase on the county portion of their tax bills for fiscal 2019-20, under the $98.7 million budget that Lancaster County Council passed unanimously on first reading May 13.
    The proposed budget, which requires three readings, is $4.7 million higher than the current budget. 
    The value of a tax mill is $349,838, and the budget was originally built with a 3.3-mill increase in the general fund (87.5 mills). But the amended version passed by council could climb as high as 4.5 mills once all the numbers are in.

  • Stormwater fee may rise to $75 in IL

    The $60 annual stormwater fee that Panhandle homeowners are paying isn’t bringing in enough money to fix underground infrastructure overwhelmed by fast-track growth here.
    Lancaster County leaders have proposed increasing the fee to $75 for the upcoming budget year to raise an additional $300,000.
    The $15 increase will be specifically earmarked for special projects, which includes repairs, maintenance and infrastructure improvements.

  • County’s credit rating upgraded

    Moody’s Investors Service has upgraded Lancaster County’s credit rating to the second-highest level, which will lower the interest rates the county pays when it borrows money by issuing bonds.
    The rating agency moved the county’s status to Aa1 from Aa2 on April 30.
    “The local economy continues to diversify, with a growing financial services, technology and healthcare industry presence,” a Moody’s news release states.
    The new score should lower borrowing costs in the future.

  • It's Official 5-22-19

    GOP, SCGOP press conference May 23
    The Lancaster County Republican Party and the SCGOP will hold a joint press conference at 11 a.m. May 23 at the Historic Courthouse, 100 N. Main St., Lancaster. The event is open to the public.
    The LCGOP will host an executive committee meeting, also open to the public, at 7 p.m. at Mike Williams Builders, 1351 Charlotte Highway, Lancaster. Refreshments will be served.
    County offices closed May 27 for holiday

  • County adds vaping to its ban on smoking

    Lancaster County’s smoking ordinance will be updated to prohibit the use of e-cigarettes in public places where traditional smoking was already banned.     
    “We didn’t have this [vaping] when we put together the smoking ordinance,” said Lancaster County Councilman Larry Honeycutt.
    County Council unanimously passed the first of three required readings April 29 that adds vaping to the smoking ban.    
    “I’m glad…. You hear so much about it,” said Councilwoman Charlene McGriff.

  • It's Official 5-15-19

    S.C. Silver-Haired Legislature to meet May 15
    The Catawba Caucus of the S.C. Silver-Haired Legislature meets at 10:30 a.m. May 15 at Highland Park Senior Center, 917 Standard St., Rock Hill. The caucus, which serves Chester, Lancaster, Union and York counties, is looking for local volunteers. Meetings are open to the public. For details, call Pat Kelley, (803) 327-0250, or Barbara Bugg, (803) 684-9288.
    Community Relations Commission meets

  • Mega-sports complex at Lennar subdivision?

    Lancaster County officials have begun preliminary talks with homebuilder Lennar Carolinas about buying 80-plus acres in the company’s planned subdivision 2 miles north of Lancaster as a site for the proposed mega-sports complex.
    “We are in discussions and negotiations, but it is contingent on Lennar’s being able to close on the property and going ahead with their project,” said Lancaster County Council Chairman Steve Harper.

  • It's Official 5-8-19

    County Trail Advisory Committee meets May 8

  • It's Official 5-1-19

    County planners hold work session
    The Lancaster County Planning Commission will hold a work session at 5 p.m. May 2 at the Lancaster County Administration Building, 101 N. Main St., Lancaster.
    Fire Commission meets May 2
    The Lancaster County Fire Commission meets at 7 p.m. May 2 at the Emergency Operations Center, 111 Covenant Place, Lancaster.
    County Democratic Party meets May 2

  • Planning Commission nixes IL subdivision

    The preliminary subdivision plat for the proposed Patterson Preserve along Harrisburg and Barberville roads in Indian Land did not receive approval last week from the Lancaster County Planning Commission.
    The proposed development would turn more than 100 acres of open and wooded land, with several streams and wetlands, into 181 lots for single-family homes.
    Several commission members were concerned that the subdivision does not comply with the Cluster Subdivision Overlay District.