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…
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
The choices facing voters in and around Northeast Columbia.
Updated results: If you don't see results above, click this link. Today is Election Day. Northeast Columbia voters face a slew of choices. Here’s a look at what to expect: Note sure where to vote? Click HERE. For the most up-to-date posts, be sure to follow us on Twitter and "like" us on Facebook. When you’re done voting, simply leave it right here throughout the day as Patch will provide minute-by-minute updates for the races that matter to you. Track State and Federal races HERE. "Do you want us to keep you posted on today's election results? No problem! Click here to sign up for Northeast Columbia Patch's breaking news alerts and newsletter. We'll keep you in the loop today, and we'll send complete election results to your inbox …
Friday, October 26, 2012
Can you buy a vote with a chicken sandwich?
In an email to constituents, Jim Manning, incumbent for Richland County Council District 8, offered a free chicken sandwich from Chik-fil-a to anyone who came in with him on Monday night. His opponent, Michael Letts, issued this following public statement in opposition to Manning's offer: "If this isn't a violation of state law, it's awfully close. It amounts to using the county's public email servers for campaign purposes, and it's wrong. "Two years ago, when citizens began speaking out against a one-cent sales tax increase, Manning asked the County Election Commission to put a 'gag order' on them to prevent them from speaking out. At the time, I thought it was a new low. "Since then, there have been news reports of his abusive emails to …
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 …