Council Sets Millage Rate, Names PAC Members

WINNSBORO – County Council during their Sept. 28 meeting set the 2015-2016 millage rate at 181.8 mills, which is down from last year’s rate of 186.6, Interim County Administrator Milton Pope said. The value of a mill, he said, is $135,504.

Project Advisory Committee

Council named the members of the Project Advisory Committee (PAC), which will act as a steering committee and work with consultants in the development of the County’s new strategic plan. Those members, approved by Council on Sept. 28, are: Moses Bell, Randy Kelley, Wanda Carnes, Jonathan Bell, Donald Quick, Sonya Kennedy and Sam Arnette Jr.

World War II Memorial

Council also received an update from Bill Haslett, chairman of the committee that raised funds for and unveiled a World War II memorial last May in Mt. Zion Park. Haslett said the committee has approximately $7,309 left in funds, of which around $5,300 is allocated for benches, corrections and additions to the memorial. An additional 14 names are being added at the bottom of the monument to include Fairfield County residents who died in the war but who were not officially classified by the federal government as Killed in Action.

Haslett said he hopes to turn the monument’s management over to the Chamber of Commerce, who as a 501(c)3 will be able to raise more money from corporate donors.

“We’ve got another $38,000 I’d like to put into this park,” Haslett said. “I think we can get a substantial amount of money from (corporate) contributors once we turn it over to the Chamber of Commerce. They want to give where they feel like they can have a tax write off. We’re more than willing to do that. I welcome to do that. I’m sort of tired of fooling with it, to be honest with you. It’s been an honorable project, but it’s been long enough and I’m ready to turn it over to them.”