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Council to consider tax districts

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By Chris Sardelli

County Council will consider the creation of two special tax districts at its Tuesday meeting.
As part of its agenda, council will look at resolutions for forming two separate special districts in the Indian Land area.
One resolution calls for creating a tax district for Indian Land’s Brookchase neighborhood. Voters in the neighborhood recently approved a referendum in a special election to create the district. Now council has to approve it.
The other resolution involves creating a unified Indian Land fire protection district. The idea was introduced by members of grass-roots organization Indian Land Action Council as a way to generate more revenue for the Indian Land Volunteer Fire Department.
Council will also hear final reading on two bond ordinances. The first one is for refinancing $4.1 million in previously sold county general obligation bonds, which were issued several years ago to help pay for the County Administration Building and several of the county’s fire trucks.
The second ordinance is for the issuance of $3.5 million in new general obligation bonds. The money would be used to recoup $520,000 in costs for the new county coroner office, construction of a potential new Emergency Medical Services station in Buford and for another project that is still in contract negotiations.
There will also be special presentations at the meeting from Lancaster Fire Chief Chris Nunnery, as well as from Lancaster County Economic Development Corp. President Keith Tunnell.
Council will hold four public hearings – two involving the issuance of bonds, one for discussion of a joint industrial and business park between Lancaster and Chester counties and another to hear comments about an infrastructure credit agreement between the county and two companies, Cherry Tree LLC and Verian Technologies.
There will be a closed session for a legal briefing, an economic development issue and a personnel matter.
Council will meet at 6 p.m. on Tuesday in council chambers at the Lancaster County Administration Building.

Contact reporter Chris Sardelli  at (803) 416-8416