Yes, we are welcoming in the new calendar year 2019. The New Year’s Eve night celebrations of toasts, hugs, and kisses at midnight have occurred. I am sure many resolution promises have been made in hopes to be a better person for 2019. All this with hope of a fresh new start to a new calendar year.
However in local government, January represents half of Sumter County’s fiscal year has passed. Sumter County Government is based on a fiscal year which began July 1, 2018 and, continues through June 30, 2019.
This time of year brings a different meaning to various departments within the County organization.
- Finance – The External Audit conducted by Webster Rogers, which takes months of receiving facts and is concluded with a report due in January to County Council. It also means the new budget process for fiscal year 2019-2020 will begin, which takes approximately three months to prepare for Council’s review.
- Treasurer – The tax payments are in full swing. January and February ae historically the busiest months for tax collection.
- Recreations – The winter sports are in mid-season ending in February, then spring sports registrations begin. Also, Recreation had a Grand Opening/Ribbon Cutting for the new Patriot Park Pavilion at Patriot Park on November 15, 2018. This building is available to the public for event rentals.
- Public Works – A very challenging winter with record rainfall amounts causing major issues on our rural dirt road system.
We continue with the Capital Penny Sales Tax Projects; mid-year finds us wide open with the Old Courthouse renovations, and January will start the Administration Building demolishing and renovations.
All this and much more is going on in your County Government. The resolutions for the new calendar year and the mid-point of our fiscal year all look promising.