Tuesday, May 21, 2013
The hearing begins at 6 p.m. in the council's chambers, 2020 Hampton Street.
A public hearing on Richland County Council's proposed fiscal 2014 budget will be held Thursday. Residents will have an opportunity to weigh in on the general fund budget totaling $149,987,088. The hearing begins at 6 p.m. in the council's chambers, 2020 Hampton Street. View the proposed budget in the attached documents or by clicking here.
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Richland County consumers will start paying the penny sales tax Wednesday.
Shoppers in Richland County will start paying an extra penny-on-the-dollar sales tax Wednesday to fund transportation projects. The penny sales tax will be in addition to the 6 percent state sales tax, the hospitality tax and any other locally-approved taxes. The sales tax in Richland County will now be 8 percent for goods and accomodations, 12 percent for room rentals and 10 percent for meals and drinks at restaurants. The percent of sales tax charged may vary slightly for residents who live in the part of Irmo that's in Richland County and the City of Eastover. See a chart that lists the sales tax rates. The penny sales tax will also be charged for groceries, which are exempt from the state sales tax. People in Richland County will now …
Friday, April 19, 2013
The committee was originally set up to only include citizens.
A committee for the new transportation sales tax that was originally supposed to be made up of citizens only will now include two Richland County Council members, according to a report in The State. The two members - who will be given non-voting seats - have not been named yet, according to the report. They will serve as "a direct line of communication to council," Chairman Kelvin Washington told The State. The 15-citizen committee was set up to advise council on which transportation projects should be completed first, according to the report. The penny tax is expected to generate more than $1 billion over the next 22 years. See a complete list of possible projects on the Richland County website, including bike paths, pedestrian …
Friday, March 8, 2013
Joyce Dickerson was named chair of the National Foundation for Women Legislators.
Richland County Councilwoman Joyce Dickerson is the new chair of the National Foundation for Women Legislators. She was officially installed to the position Thursday. Dickerson is the first locally-elected official to serve as chair of the organization. “It’s a tremendous honor to have my colleagues from across the country select me to serve as their leader," Dickerson said in a press release from the NFWL. "I look forward to this opportunity to make sure that we are identifying important policy initiatives and doing whatever we can to empower our elected women.” Dickerson, who was first elected to Richland County Council in 2005, is known for her work with women's issues. "Ms. Dickerson's passion for women's issues continues to inspire…
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
If it were up to you, when would they have last call?
If you don't like a 2 a.m. closing time for all bars in Richland County, well, you can tase the sheriff. OK, OK. Those stories are slightly unrelated. What is relevant is that Sheriff Leon Lott said he supports a 2 a.m. closing time for all bars, according to The State. This, he said, is an attempt to cut down on the number of violent crimes. The County Council will vote on the measure tonight, but we want to hear from you.
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Meanwhile the city of Columbia has effectively banned the allegedly illegal gaming parlors.
The Richland County Council will again take up the issue of Internet sweepstakes cafes tonight at it regular meeting, after punting on the issue earlier this month. Meanwhile, the city of Columbia has already effectively banned the allegedly illegal gaming parlors by refusing to issue such places business licenses, according to The State. Earlier this month, the County Council considered such a route, but decided to take no action at the time and voted down a proposed 30-day moratorium on the businesses without further study and information. After further study by County staff, the Council tonight will consider what if anything it can do about the issue. The city based its decision not to issue any business licenses for the cafes based on …
That's the question to be posed tonight in a public hearing in Columbia to gather input on a likely referendum to raise the tax to 8 percent.
With Richland County Council apparently ready to place a sales-tax increase referendum on the Nov. 6 ballot, residents will get an opportunity tonight to weigh in on the matter. The Council will hold a special public hearing at 6 p.m. in Council chambers at the county's Administration Building, located at 2020 Hampton St. A proposed referendum would add one cent to the current sales tax, raising it to 8 cents per dollar on most purchases, according to The State. The extra tax would be earmarked for transportation items, such as paving roads, improving bus service, and adding sidewalks, bike lanes, and greenways, among other things. "Transportation planners Parsons Brinkerhoff established a list of projects representing the county’s top …
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Council balks for now on a moratorium on the purported storefront gambling enterprises that are springing up in the county.
The Richland County Council on Tuesday night split on how to handle the sudden rise of "Internet sweepstakes cafes," and in the end decided to do nothing at all -- at least for now. Law enforcement officials believe the cafes are gambling enterprises. Business owners contend they are legitimate businesses that simply offer prizes to paying customers. After wrestling for nearly an hour on how it might handle the issue, the Council in a 6-5 vote shot down a proposed 30-day moratorium on licensing a handful of new operations with pending business-license applications, a move which would have given Council and staff some time to concoct a legal remedy to the issue. A moratorium proved worrisome to some Council members, who believed it would …
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Are they legit, or are they gambling establishments? Council will discuss ways to possibly deal with them.
The rise of Internet sweepstakes cafes in Richland County will get a close look from County Council tonight. Though the county has not decided whether it wants to attempt to ban the cafes, which many consider illegal gaming establishments, the Council will see what options it might have and county staff hope to get derive some policy direction going forward, according to this article in The State. A handful of the cafes have popped up on Two Notch Road, and more are popping up across the state. "At the cafes, customers buy Internet access or phone cards and are given chances to play video poker or slots to win prizes. The operators have argued their businesses are no different than McDonald’s offering game pieces in exchange for buying …
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
Bus service hours will be reduced, and some routes will be discontinued or consolidated to save the bus system from its budget deficit.
Richland County Council members will vote Tuesday on reductions to the Midlands bus service that include shutting down some routes and consolidating others. The changes to the Central Midlands Regional Transit Authority will go into effect May 14, pending approval from the three governments that fund the bus system: Richland County Council, Columbia City Council and Lexington County Council. The new plan will balance the CMRTA's budget for the rest of the fiscal year. Changes include: By discontinuing two routes, combining others and shortening weekday hours, the CMRTA will save $1.4 million, according to a document attached to this week's county council agenda. Shortening weekend hours and limiting the number of weekend routes will …