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Government

  • Private garbage haulers to pay more

    Steve Harper is convinced that private residential garbage haulers from neighboring counties are slipping trash into Lancaster County to duck disposal fees elsewhere.
    “There’s no doubt in my mind that it happens every day,” said the Lancaster County Council chairman, noting that the practice, along with Panhandle growth, has the county’s solid-waste disposal costs soaring.
    County leaders started looking at the issue late last year after the county’s garbage-disposal expenses spiked.

  • It's Official 6-12-19

    Health and Wellness Commission meets
    The Lancaster County Health and Wellness Commission meets at 11:45 a.m. June 12 in the conference room on the second floor of the Lancaster County Administration Building, 101 North Main St., Lancaster.
    Trail Advisory Committee to meet
    The Lancaster County Trail Advisory Committee meets at 6:30 p.m. June 12 in the council chambers at the Lancaster County Administration Building, 101 N. Main St., Lancaster.
    IL GOP Women won’t meet

  • Council kills stormwater-fee hike increase

    Lancaster County Council reversed itself last week on raising the Panhandle stormwater fee to $75 a year, a $15 increase that would have helped repair and upgrade culverts and pipes overwhelmed by stormwater runoff.
    Councilwoman Charlene McGriff said she doesn’t have a problem with keeping the two-year-old stormwater fee where it is, but wants residents to understand what that decision means.

  • It's Official 6-5-19

    County building closed June 5
    The Lancaster County Administration Building, 101 N. Main St., Lancaster, will be closed noon-5 p.m. June 5, due to computer server upgrades.
    County ED Advisory Board meets June 5
    The  Lancaster County Economic Development Advisory Board meets at 12:30 p.m. June 5 at the Lancaster County Water and Sewer District, 1400 Pageland Highway, Lancaster.

    Stormwater Advisory Council meets June 5

  • County might cut auditor’s office funding

    For the second time since she took office in 2017, Lancaster County Auditor Susan Hunter Wallace is seriously butting heads with Lancaster County Council members, and this time they’re talking about cutting her budget because of it.
    The auditor’s office has stopped calculating a certain type of tax incentive used to lure new employers. The incentives are called special source revenue credits (SSRC), and they’re used to help offset companies’ cost of equipment, machinery and infrastructure.

  • It's Official 5-29-19

    Conservation board meets June 3
    The Lancaster Soil and Water Conservation District board meets at 7 p.m. June 3 at the district office, 1771 U.S. 521 Bypass South, Lancaster. The public is invited. Call (803) 286-4455, ext. 100, for details.
    VW Town Council meets June 3
    Van Wyck Town Council meets at 7 p.m. June 3 at the Van Wyck Community Center, 5036 Old Hickory Road, Van Wyck.
    Zoning appeals board meets June 4

  • 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