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Sumter County Councilman Edens: District too 'top heavy;' money doesn't solve problems

Sumter County Councilman Charles Edens gave several reasons for why he turned down a millage increase request for Sumter School District, but his bottom line is the district is "so top heavy" with staff. He also said history shows more money … more

Sumter County Council turns down any school district millage increase

As expected, but not without drama, Sumter County Council turned down Sumter School District’s request for any millage increase request Tuesday night at its regular council meeting. Council … more

Open house to display draft Sumter 2040 comprehensive plan

The community is invited to an open house today to learn more about a plan being developed by Sumter County to shape the future of the city and county's land use. Sumter 2040 is the update to the county's comprehensive plan, a document that … more

Sumter city budget passes without tax increase

No changes were made to next year's citywide budget before it received a unanimous vote for approval on Tuesday. Sumter City Council approved two budget ordinances at its regular meeting, the first to raise commercial garbage rates by $20 and the … more

Grants will support Bishopville, Turbeville wastewater systems

Two tri-county municipalities recently received funding from the South Carolina Department of Commerce to further develop or improve wastewater processing and treatment systems. The Community Development Block Grant Program allotted $928,000 to … more

Letter, McCain: Sumter School District doesn't need $1.2M to balance budget

In a somewhat back-and-forth dialogue, it seems Sumter County Council wants Sumter School District to lower its millage request again. In a letter to the editor that appeared Sunday in The Sumter Item, county council Chairman Jim McCain basically … more

Supplies needed at Sumter Animal Control to help with rescued dogs

Sumter County Animal Control is in need of supplies to help take care of the surviving dogs, and The Sumter Item is serving as a drop off location for those who want to help. Donations can be … more

$51.9M Sumter County budget passes without tax hike

Sumter County Council passed its $51.9 million budget Tuesday balanced with no tax increase for the third year in a row. The county's $2.8 million capital outlay bond that will fund projects spanning equipment for firefighters to a new ambulance … more

Rep. Murrell Smith receives Ambassador Award

PHOTO PROVIDED Rep. Murrell Smith, R-Sumter, was awarded the Behavioral Health Services Association Ambassador Award on June 10 in Florence. Smith represents House District 67, which includes part of Sumter County, and serves as chairman of the … more

City of Sumter budget balanced at $68.8M with no tax hike

Sumter City Council is now one step away from approving the city's budget for next year after approving the first of two readings on Tuesday. As presented, the $68.8 million budget is balanced and does not include a tax increase. Finance … more

Final Downtown Sumter Master Plan includes green space, remodeling streets

Sumterites got the chance to see what their city may look like downtown in 20 years, and they seemed ready for the change. Consulting firm TSW presented its Downtown Sumter Master Plan before a crowd of about 50 who came to the open house at City … more

Mayor, 1 of 2 council members retain seat in Lynchburg election

The Town of Lynchburg in Lee County held nonpartisan elections for mayor and two of its four council seats on Tuesday, with two incumbents winning and one being unseated. Andre Laws retained his position as mayor of the 373-population town, … more

SUMTER COUNTY COUNCIL: Remaining county departments to relocate from admin building during construction

Considering ongoing construction to renovate the Sumter County government administration building, the departments remaining in the building will be relocated to the Sumter County Courthouse in September. Sumter County Administrator Gary Mixon … more

Sumter County's budget 1 vote from approval

Sumter County presented a balanced budget Tuesday for fiscal year 2020 that includes no tax increase to obtain a $51.9 million spending plan but leaves out six positions requested from county departments. The general fund budget, for which a … more

Sumter County Sheriff's Office gets $40K grant to beef up litter enforcement

The Sumter County Sheriff's Office recently got a boost to help curb the litter problem that continues to be dumped on - and throughout - Sumter County. PalmettoPride, a 20-year-old nonprofit created by the Legislature to fight and prevent litter … more

City of Sumter budget's 1st reading does not include tax hike

The City of Sumter is approaching the deadline to finalize its fiscal year 2020 budget and may be able to balance the $68.7 million spending plan without raising taxes after all. Finance Department staff brought the remaining difference between … more

$52M Sumter County budget gets 1st reading

Sumter County Council passed a change to dog adoption rules, approved a rezoning on Beulah Cuttino Road, was presented with two rezoning proposals and heard the fiscal year 2020 draft budget at its meeting Tuesday. 2020 budget shows $52 million … more

Former Rep. Brown wins Bishopville mayoral bid

BISHOPVILLE - Bishopville has a new mayor after Tuesday's nonpartisan general election for city positions. Grady A. Brown received 295 votes to become mayor as he ran unopposed in an election that saw 221 combined write-in ballots for the post, … more

Brown's son only one out in 6-member council race

BISHOPVILLE - Tuesday's general election in Bishopville saw four incumbents secure re-election and two newcomers join city council. Seven candidates vied for six council seats. Incumbent Ennis Bryant Sr. was the top vote-getter with 426 votes, … more

City of Sumter considers raising taxes

Sumter City Council is considering raising taxes on the city's debt service to help balance the fiscal year 2020 budget. The increase would be the first of any form since the millage rate was raised during the recession in fiscal year 2008, when … more
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