August 8, 2018

Issues Forum Summary – August 2018

August 2018: An Update on Richland County Activities, including the Penny Sales Tax Program

Guest Speaker: Dalhi Myers, Richland County Council, District 10

The Chamber’s August Issues Forum featured Richland County Councilwoman Dalhi Myers, District 10, who provided an update on the transportation penny and responded to numerous questions regarding County business. Dalhi made it a point to highlight that the state of the penny is healthy and the County needs to be prudent with how they spend taxpayer money.

“I believe that it is the responsibility of the Council to come out and talk about where we are with the penny,” remarked Ms. Myers, “The confusion is more with the public relations than it is with the projects.”

It was a vibrant discussion regarding funding, bonds, SC DOR, road projects completed and the future. Participants appreciated the honest and transparent conversation about the Penny, the County Administrators position, and the Renaissance project. Currently, a search firm has been hired to find qualified applicants for the administrators position and they hope to fill it within 6 months.

The County is also seeking to fill the position of interim administrator and is currently reviewing applications. Ms. Myers made it a point to recognize the hard working Richland County team members and highlighted the fact that “some of the smartest people she has ever worked with are working for Richland County.”

Throughout the year, you can expect the Columbia Chamber to:

  1. Continue to monitor the activities of Richland County Council and the Transportation Penny.
  2. Work with the Issues Forum, Public Policy Committee and others to promote transparency in local government and continue providing input based on the needs of the Chamber business partners.
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