County answers questions about WWTP & Penny Tax

WINNSBORO – The Voice has received several letters from readers in regard to the penny tax and the wastewater treatment plant who ask the same questions. We have asked Ty Davenport, Fairfield County Director of Economic Development to answer questions from one of those letters – this one sent in by reader Kirk Thurston. Thurston: […]

Council fields penny tax questions on virtual town hall webinar

WINNSBORO – An important local question is on the ballot this year in Fairfield County: a proposed penny sales tax, earmarked to fund a much-needed wastewater treatment plant. If it’s not approved, county officials say, that will mean other, typically less popular, sources of revenue will have to be used to fund the plant – […]

Proposed wastewater treatment plant site includes sports complex, water recreation, shopping and more

FAIRFIELD COUNTY – With a $1.8 million land deal being proposed by Fairfield County, a partnership between the county and the Town of Blythewood is on track to check two big items off of local wish lists: a much-needed wastewater treatment plant and a ballfield complex for youth sports teams. Fairfield County Council Chair Neil […]

Letter: Fairfield Needs WWTP Now

This letter is to endorse the approval of a new waste-water treatment plant in Fairfield County near Ridgeway. This will allow more growth for the Midlands and is only fair to build this infrastructure for this side of Columbia. I work in commercial real estate, specializing in manufacturing and warehouse facilities, and this is exactly […]

County proceeds with referendum

WINNSBORO – With minimal discussion, the Fairfield County Council moved forward at this month’s meeting with plans to put a wastewater treatment plant referendum on November’s ballot. If given final approval next month, the ballot question will ask voters to authorize a one percent sales tax in the county, and the county would issue bonds, […]

Council considers 1¢ tax for water, sewer

WINNSBORO – Fairfield County is bringing in more experts to help counter Richland County’s growing opposition to a proposed wastewater treatment plant.  Meantime, Fairfield County Council is also moving forward with a proposed capital project sales tax to help pay for the facility that’s seen as vital to recruiting more industry to Fairfield County.  On […]

Richland votes to stop Fairfield’s wastewater plant

COLUMBIA – In what Fairfield officials say was an unprecedented action, Richland County Council voted unanimously on May 5 to direct staff and technical committee appointees to vote in opposition to Fairfield County’s plans to construct a wastewater treatment plant that they say would bring industry, jobs, housing subdivisions and general prosperity to Fairfield. The […]

Panel plans wastewater upgrade

WINNSBORO – A proposed capital projects sales tax to help finance a new wastewater treatment plant is expected to generate roughly $11.5 million over the next eight years, according to Fairfield County estimates. Particulars of how those funds should be allocated and administered rests with a newly created capital projects sales tax commission, which held […]

Council negotiating new WWTP site

WINNSBORO – After spending more than a month battling Fairfield County’s proposal to build a wastewater treatment plant in the vicinity of Syrup Mill and Broom Mill Roads, Center Creek and Cedar Creek residents were invited to express their concerns to the Fairfield County Joint Water and Sewer Authority Commission Tuesday evening in Fairfield county […]

County to hold hearing on WWTP

WINNSBORO – The commission of the Fairfield Joint Water and Sewer Authority will conduct a public hearing to receive public comment regarding the construction of a wastewater treatment plant with a planned discharge of treated effluent into Big Cedar Creek located in southern Fairfield County. The Fairfield Joint Authority will provide an update to the […]