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May212019

Council Approves Capital Items for FY 2019-2020 Budget

Greg Wilson/Anderson Observer

Anderson County Council agreed on Tuesday night, on first reading, plans to delete summer adjustments from the county's sewer ordinance which provides special rate considerations in the summer months to compensate for watering lawns, etc. The plan would go into effect in May of 2020, and save the county $126,000 annually. A once-a-year exemption to fill swimming pools would remain in place.

“The county’s actually losing money right now because of this,” said Jimmie Davis. Anderson County Finance Director Rita Davis said most counties have not extended summer adjustments. 

Council took no action in executive session council regarding contractual issues related to the courthouse square property development or the cost of the lease on the property which currently houses the Anderson County Voter Registration and Elections offices at 301 N. Main Street. Anderson County Council Chairman Tommy Dunn said the issues would be addressed at a future council meeting. 

Meanwhile, council:

Approved recommendation from Planning and Public Works Committee to approve $860,000 in capital improvements for the 2019-2020 budget year. Council also approved $393,000 in technology upgrades as recommended by the committee. 

Approved a bid of $255,000 to NEO Corporation for asbestos removal of the east wing of McCants School, located on the East Whitner side. “We’ve got to clean up this to this building before we can tear it down, we’ve got no choice,” said Dunn. The county has already abated the asbestos on the second floor of McCants.

Gave final approval to tax incentives for Bluebird Solar LLC, for a solar array project involving 40 acres in Council District 4. The deal will increase the annual tax bill on the property from $61 to $17,500 per year.

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