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Contact your County Delegation members today about the Local Government Fund!
Various House members state that there has been no “outcry” regarding the underfunding of the LGF from the counties. Let your voice be heard and contact your Delegation members!
Ban on Credit Card Processing Fees - Budget Proviso 110.pfp.
The Ways and Means Committee adopted an amended Proviso 110.pfp, which now reads: “A political subdivision shall be prohibited from charging a taxpayer a processing fee for the payment of taxes by credit card. If a political subdivision accepted credit card payments in the previous fiscal year, they must continue to accept credit cards in the current fiscal year. If a political subdivision violates this prohibition, it shall have its Aid to Subdivisions allocation reduced by an amount equal to the total of all processing fees charged to the taxpayers for that fiscal year.” This prohibition will have a considerable fiscal impact and will reduce revenue available to provide services to Oconee County citizens.
Oconee County Delegation
Senator Thomas C. Alexander
Oconee County Business: 864-638-2988
Representative Bill Sandifer
Oconee County Business: 864-885-2240
Representative Bill Whitmire
Oconee County Business: 864-638-2970
Local Delegation Office
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OCONEE COUNTY'S STRATEGIC PLANNING RETREAT WAS A SUCCESS!
At the February 20, 2014 Strategic Planning Retreat, Mr. Dennis Lambries, Research Associate, Survey Research Laboratory, Institute for Public Service & Policy Research, University of South Carolina, led Council through discussions reviewing and where applicable updating the short term goals [12 months] and long term goals [2-4 years] for Oconee County. Mr. Lambries utilized several methods including SWOT [strengths, weaknesses, opportunities & threats] and stakeholder analysis to engage Council to help in the identification of these goals.
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CAPITAL PROJECT SALES TAX COMMISSION
The Capital Project Sales Tax Commission has established the schedule below to meet with the submitting entities to discuss various aspects of their projects to be considered for the November 2014 referendum.
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Council Meetings are held on the 1st and the 3rd Tuesday of the month at 6:00 p.m. [excluding July and August which will meet only on the third Tuesday of the month] in the County Council Chambers located at 415 South Pine Street, Walhalla, S.C. [unless otherwise advertised].
At each regularly scheduled Council meeting there will be held a Public Comment Session [beginning at 6:00 p.m.] which is limited to a maximum of forty (40) minutes with four (4) minutes allocated per person. Citizens with comments related to a specific action agenda item will be called to speak first. If time permits additional citizens may be permitted to comment on non agenda items [at the discretion of Council]. If you wish to speak during the Public Comment Session you may do so by placing your name on the sign up sheet in Council Chambers prior to the meeting. At the end of the Public Comment Session, Council may take a brief recess prior to beginning the business portion of the meeting.
In addition, at each regularly scheduled Council meeting there will be held an Extended Public Comment Session which is limited to two citizens, five (5) minutes allocated per person. Comments do not have to be related to a specific agenda item. The time may not be used to promote or criticize a political candidate or figure. Interested individuals should contact the Council Clerk [718-1023 or firstname.lastname@example.org] to sign up for these time slots which will be filled on a first come first serve basis. Please be advised that only one meeting will be scheduled at a time. Council may make closing comments directly following the public and extended public comment session if time permits.
Everyone speaking before Council should do so in a civil manner. Council will not tolerate personal attacks on individual council members, county staff or any person or group. Racial slurs will not be permitted. All citizens addressing Council and all Boards and Commission appointed by Council should do so at the appropriate time as noted on their agendas and in an appropriate manner.
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South Carolina Association of Counties
Click Here to view the current and past Friday Reports prepared weekly by the Association regarding pending issues before the state legislature.
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UPDATE: National Geographic recently published a Special Edition titled "50 of the Worlds Last Great Places - Destinations of a Lifetime!" and the Jocassee Gorges was one of 3 in the US to be included in that prestigious group. Now we are in the USA Today!
Here is the link to Waterfalls on Lake Jocassee, SC:
50 of the World's Last Great Places
Destination of a Lifetime
This special publication by the National Geographic features as their #9 choice "Jocassee Gorges - An Intense Concentration of Waterfalls". The article centers on North & South Carolina and also features two pages showing the beautiful and rare Oconee Bell.
CLICK HERE to read the article and see the beautiful photographs!
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Interested Candidates Wishing To Serve on an
Oconee County Board and/or Commission
Oconee County Council at their May 15, 2012 meeting unanimously approved that all interested candidates seeking appointment and/or reappointment to an Oconee County Boards and/or Commission be required to complete the
Questionnaire for Board/Commission
prior to being considered for any appointment.
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