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Council Moves Ahead on $194.6 Million 2018-19 Budget

Anderson County Council moved ahead on a $194,647,095 budget for the 2018-2019 fiscal year, with an emphasis on public safety improvements, infrastructure and salaries.

Council approved the second reading of the budget, which follows up last years' priority of providing the personnel and resources needed for law enforcement. The new budget includes resource officers for all county schools, with the exception of Anderson County School District 3, which has a contract with the Iva Police Department to provide resource officers.

The budget also approves salary increases for county employees based on the results of a study comparing pay grades in other comparable counties and private industry.

A motion by Anderson County Councilman Craig Wooten proposing a hiring freeze, with the exeption positions considered critical by the administrator until the new pay structure is implemented, also passed. The apporved amendment excludes positions being considered by the Anderson County Sheriff's Department.

Infrastructure projects, including thoe in road maintenance/paving and sewer/solid waste, are also included in the budget.

"We need get our salaries for county employees up to where they need to be," said Anderson County Council Chairman Tommy Dunn.

"This is a public saftey budget as well," Dunn said. "And there is also some paving money in it."

Council also approved, on second reading incentives to move forward with a $20 million contract with Souther Current to provide five solar farms on rural sites in the county. Additional sites are expected to follow.

Construction is expected to soon begin at the following sites:

  1. Off S.C. 86 between Timms Road and Mountain Springs Road, Piedmont
  2. Off S.C. 17 East of Durham Road, Piedmont 
  3. Off S.C. 413 North of Erskine Road, Belton
  4. Between Ballard Road and S.C. 8, Pelzer
  5. Off S.C. 86. NE of Wiginton Road, Piedmont
  6. Between S.C. 86 and  Mountain Springs Road, Piedmont

The current annual tax income for the properties is $260.52. Under the new agreement, the land wil bring in $34,298 to the county's general fund. Southern Current will also invest an additional $43,008 in solar equipment on the properties. The company will sell the solar power energy to Duke Energy. Anderson County Adminstrator Rusty Burns said the 10-year deal includes a bond to protect the county if all the particulars of agreement are not met by Southern Current.

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