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Government

  • Karagounis is interim planning director

    The county’s planning department has found a new director, albeit temporarily.

    Penelope Karagounis, one of two planning employees left at the department, will serve as interim director. The move came only days after former county planning director Chris Karres was fired by county officials. 

    Karres’ last day on the job was June 22. 

  • Karagounis is interim planning director

    The county’s planning department has found a new director, albeit temporarily.

    Penelope Karagounis, one of two planning employees left at the department, will serve as interim director. The move came only days after former county planning director Chris Karres was fired by county officials. 

    Karres’ last day on the job was June 22. 

  • County Council lifts zoning moratorium in Indian Land

    After two years of debate and a multitude of ordinances, prospective businesses received the green light this week to apply for commercial property rezonings in the Panhandle. 

    Lancaster County Council voted 3-2 at its meeting Monday, June 25, to remove a rezoning moratorium in Indian Land. 

    Councilmen Larry McCullough and Jack Estridge dissented, while Councilwomen Kathy Sistare and Charlene McGriff were not present. 

  • Kershaw passes $3.31 million budget

    KERSHAW – Employee pay raises and a minor tax hike are part of the town of Kershaw’s budget for 2012-13.

    Town Council unanimously passed final reading of the $3.31 million budget at a special meeting Thursday, June 14.

    The new fiscal year begins July 1.

    Kershaw town residents will face a property tax millage rate of 72.1 mills – a 3.1 percent increase from the existing 69.9 rate. That equates to an increase of $1.70 in the yearly taxes on a $100,000 owner-occupied home.

  • City Council passes first reading of budget

    More financial support for Hope on the Hill and the Olde Presbyterian Church has been built into the city of Lancaster’s 2012-13 budget.

    The inclusion came during a discussion of the budget at City Council’s meeting Tuesday, June 12.

    Councilwoman Sara Eddins began the talks by listing some of her concerns with the initial draft of the budget. City support for Hope on the Hill and the historic church highlighted Eddin’s budget punch list.

  • New district lines for city of Lancaster?

    The city of Lancaster’s district lines could look different next year.

    Wayne Gilbert of the S.C. Budget and Control Board spoke at City Council’s meeting Tuesday, June 12, about redistricting and the options available to the city.

    Gilbert, who works in the Budget and Control Board’s office of research and statistics, shared data that’s based on 2010 Census numbers.

  • Smoking ordinance lights up council debate

    Will smokers soon be seen huddling en masse outside Lancaster County restaurants, theaters and other public buildings as they light up their next cigarette?

    It’s very possible, especially if County Council decides to approve a proposed ordinance that would prohibit smoking in enclosed public places and enclosed areas of work. 

    The proposal and its ramifications were a hot topic at council’s meeting on Monday, June 11. 

  • City Council looking at property tax hike

    City of Lancaster residents may face a property tax increase for the first time in four years.

    The proposed hike is part of the drafted 2012-13 budget city of Lancaster officials are now considering.

    The recommendation calls for the city’s millage rate to go from 143.5 to 149.7 mills. That results in about a $24 tax increase on a $100,000 owner-occupied home, said City of Lancaster Finance Director James Absher.

    The last time the city raised taxes was for the 2008-09 fiscal year, when the rate went from 140 to 143.5 mills.

  • Initial budget reading passes muster

    Rising insurance costs, extra county personnel and an updated E-911 system weighed heavily on the minds of county officials as Lancaster County Council took its first look at the county’s budget Monday night, May 21. 

    Council voted 6-0 to approve first reading of the county’s budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1 and ending June 30, 2013. Councilman Larry McCullough was not at the meeting. 

  • Officials considering strict smoking ordinance

    Smoking in Lancaster County may become a lot more restrictive this year.

    County Council is expected to soon consider a proposed ordinance that would ban smoking in all public-access buildings in the county.

    The county’s Health & Wellness Commission had been discussing the idea for some time. County Administrator Steve Willis said the drafted ordinance is modeled after those adopted in York and Greenville counties.