Electrical problem hampers county treasurer’s office

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By Greg Summers

The Lancaster County Treasurer’s Office is urging citizens who plan to pay tax bills this afternoon to wait until Monday unless that bill is due today.
Just before 2 p.m. Friday, the office computer that prints S.C. Department of Motor Vehicle license plate decals was damaged after an electrical outlet in the office started smoking. The department’s computers were partially shut down for the rest of the day.
County Treasurer Carrie Helms said that anyone who needed a license plate decal on Friday afternoon would have to go to the DMV office on Pageland Highway.   
“That’s the only other choice,” she said.
The county treasurer’s office is on the main level of the county administration building on North Main Street. Firefighters responded to check the office as a safety precaution, but there was never any fire.
“Either the outlet or the CD drive on the server shorted out. We will figure it out,” said James Nims of the county’s IT department. An electrician, Nims noted, was on the way to make sure all the outlets in the office were working property.
Nims and IT’s Allen Patterson planned to run diagnostics on the computer Friday afternoon to determine if any information on it was damaged or lost.
“We want to make sure everything that’s supposed to be on it is still there,” Patterson said.
County Administrator Steve Willis said that computers in the treasurer’s office should be back online by Monday at the latest.
“Our IT department takes security very seriously,” Willis said.

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