Richland Auditor Paul Brawley released his projections Thursday on how much more in taxes some property owners will pay next year, after County Council approved the 2011 budget earlier this week.
Businesses within the Richland 2 school district will pay an additional $48 per $100,000 of property value.
The owner of a $100,000 home will pay an extra 80 cents, and business owners an extra $1.20, for recreation. That tax does not apply to people who live in the city of Columbia.
County Council also raised taxes countywide for libraries. Homeowners will pay an additional 80 cents and businesses an additional $1.20 per $100,000 of value.
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The county didn’t increase taxes for other services. The only raises will go to five employees of the voter registration office appointed by the legislative delegation but paid by the county. Raises totaling $37,741 were based on a salary study commissioned by the county.
County Council gave the budget final approval Tuesday night.
-- Dawn Hinshaw
Legislature OKs Richland land deal
Richland County can use proceeds from the restaurant tax to buy a piece of land it purchased for a failed state farmers market south of town, on Pineview Road.
Gov. Mark Sanford had used his veto power to nix the county’s method of repaying its loan, noting that the restaurant tax must be used for tourism-related projects.
But the General Assembly overrode Sanford’s veto Wednesday.
“We are $4.5 million happier today,” said Councilman Greg Pearce, chairman of the county’s economic development committee.
The county doesn’t have a specific use for the property but deeded 110 acres of it to the S.C. Research Authority for an industrial site.
The Legislature’s decision gets the county out of a sticky situation: figuring out how to pay for land it no longer needs.
The farmers market has moved to Lexington County instead, and should be open to customers late in July, commissioner of agriculture Hugh Weathers said Thursday. Facilities will continue to open from then into September.
-- Dawn Hinshaw
Bingo robbery suspects arrested
Richland County authorities have arrested two men on robbery and kidnapping charges.
Tyward Jordan II, 23, and Jeff Vontavious Chestnut, 26, are accused of robbing the Carolina Gold Bingo, 2768 Decker Blvd., on May 23, the Richland County Sheriff’s Department said.
The pair are suspected of entering the business with handguns and robbing the business and patrons, the department said.
The pair were arrested Wednesday following witness descriptions and community tips.
Jordan, of Hollingwood Drive, is charged with three counts of armed robbery and kidnapping.
Chestnut, arrested at the S.C. Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon, is charged with armed robbery.
The Sheriff’s Department said there could be additional arrests and charges in the case.
-- Kelly Davis
Man charged with animal cruelty
CHERAW -- A man has been arrested on animal cruelty charges after several dead horses and a dead cow were found on his property.
The Morning News of Florence reported that Chesterfield County sheriff’s deputies found the animals at the land of 58-year-old Gerald H. Rhynes of Cheraw.
Neighbors called deputies June 2 and reported seeing a dead horse. Deputies found a dead cow and five dead horses in a pasture and found eight other horses without hay or feed.
Rhynes is charged with seven counts of animal cruelty.
-- The Associated Press
Job fair at detention center
Are you a retired military veteran, in search of a second career? Or are you a high school or college graduate contemplating a career in law enforcement? If so, check out a free job fair being held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center.
Job seekers will have the opportunity to meet with detention officers and staff, tour the facility and learn about the latest techniques in jail supervision . For other details, call (803) 576- 3216.
-- From Staff Reports
New beach rules proposed
New rules for trucks on the beach are being proposed for Myrtle Beach after a man napping in the sand was run over by a lifeguard truck last month.
Media outlets reported the city’s beach advisory committee is proposing new rules for beach service trucks.
The rules would have to be approved by City Council. The rules would require that beach service workers check the area around their trucks before driving on the beach. Drivers also could not use cell phones while driving and would have to have their emergency flashers operating.
A 34-year-old man was run over by a lifeguard truck May 14. He remains in serious condition at a Myrtle Beach hospital.
-- The Associated Press