Well I did it again, I talked about the nice weather with 800 temperatures in February and now it is mid- March with 400 and 500 temperatures. The Azalea blooms may not survive the next few weeks. We even had ‘snow’ one morning! We did not receive much accumulation but it sure was nice to see the big flakes falling.
After the 2016 November elections, our new Council member, Council C. F. “Chris” Sumpter, II won the District 1 County Council seat. We welcome Councilman Sumpter to our County Team and wish him great success in his first four-year term. County Council District 1 falls primarily in the northern region of our County around the Rembert/Rafting Creek area, but as far south as the Cherryvale community. He has hit the ground running meeting with numerous constituents in his district to determine how he may best serve our County.
Here we go again…. Almost one year to the date of our 1,000 Year Flood, Sumter County is damaged by a hurricane. Sumter County was very fortunate not to be hammered with the flood waters associated by Hurricane Matthew like our coast and North Carolina. My prayers go out to those that have been affected throughout this four-state event.
All local governments, to include Sumter County, begin a new fiscal year on July 1st of each year. We have just completed a four-month budget process where County Council, after numerous workshops, approved a $49,452,427 General Fund budget request. This is approximately a 1% increase over the previous year’s budget. These are the approved funds that each individual County Department will utilize to operate and accomplish the tasks set by our County Council. Our County Department Managers take this task very seriously and accep
in more ways than one. June arrived with hot temperatures in the low 90’s coupled with rain which has made it very humid. We expect heat in the south, which is an exchange for those bitter cold winters up north.