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State funds to benefit Chesterfield County

First Posted: 6:09 am - July 1st, 2015 Updated: 6:09 am - July 1st, 2015.

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I am honored to report, as promised, a summary of this year’s budgeted revenue for District 53 and additional portions of Chesterfield and Lancaster counties. Your entire delegation has worked hard to ensure that our area receives the appropriate attention and revenue disbursements from the state, and that hard work has paid off.

Along with the estimated $2 million the town of Cheraw will save due to the acquisition of the Cheraw Armory, you will see significant amounts that we sorely need coming our way. I am especially grateful that we will receive funds into our technical college system of $1.8 million and that state employees who make less than $100,000 and have six months of continuous service prior to July 1 will receive a one-time bonus of $800.

This bonus money will not only help our state employees, it will ripple through the district and contribute to our entire economy. Some of the following line items are simple, but some are more complicated. Please contact me with any questions you may have.

• $1,800,000 Northeastern Technical College Pageland Training Center and improvements to the Cheraw campus

•More than $25,000 in ART Funding for Lancaster and Chesterfield counties combined

• $17,500 PARD grant funds for a special-needs playground, town of Cheraw

• $2,000 PARD grant funds for Copeland Park, town of Chesterfield

• $6,000 PARD grant funds, town of Jefferson

• $195,504 from the Justice Assistance Grant Program for narcotics unit enhancement and violent crime investigators for Lancaster County

• $350,000 grant for the town of Pageland sewage system

• $350,000 grant to the Chesterfield County Council for a sewage system within the Alligator Water District

• More than $4 million added new money to the County Transportation Committee in Lancaster County to be used on state secondary roads or bridges

• More than $4.5 million added new money to the County Transportation Committee in Chesterfield County to be used on state secondary roads or bridges

• $6,424,000 for bridge replacement and pavement improvements or preservation in Chesterfield County. The SCDOT anticipates the new construction will be completed by February 2017

• $14,079,500 for bridge replacement and pavement improvements or preservation in Lancaster County. The SCDOT anticipates the new construction will be completed by February 2017

STATEWIDE FUNDS

The Local Government Fund increased from this year’s originally predicted total of $187,619,411 to $229,931,674, for a total increase of $42,312,263. I will have a complete county breakdown in the future when it becomes available.

Rural Teacher Initiative — $1,500,000 for summer reading camp expansion, $4,961,278 for reading coach expansion, $577,855 1623 to modernize vocational equipment and $4,000,000 for professional development.

From the funds appropriated to statewide employee benefits for bonus pay, effective on the first pay date that occurs on or after Oct. 16, the Department of Administration shall allocate to state agencies $23,500,000 to provide for a one-time lump sum bonus. Each permanent state employee, in a full-time equivalent position, who has been in continuous state service for at least six months prior to July 1 and who earns less than $100,000 shall receive an $800 one-time lump sum payment. This payment is not a part of the state employee’s base salary.

The source of the revenue appropriated in subsection (B) is additional Education Improvement Act revenue for fiscal year 2015-16 that amount of added money comes to $21,500,000.

Other approved expenditures include:

(1) H51 – Medical University of South Carolina Children’s Hospital $ 25,000,000

(2) H63 – Department of Education school bus lease or purchase $ 12,610,000

(3) H63 – Department of Education Integrated Teacher Certification and Compensation System $ 1,600,000

(4) K05 – Department of Public Safety body armor replacement $ 800,000

(5) K05 – Department of Public Safety law enforcement vehicles $ 1,000,000

(6) H59 – State Board for Technical and Comprehensive Education Northeastern Technical College -Industrial Training Center $ 1,500,000

(7) P16 – Department of Agriculture consumer protection equipment $ 1,000,000

(8) H37 – University of South Carolina Lancaster campus maintenance: critical care and repair (1:1 Match) $ 262,406

(9) H59 – State Board for Technical and Comprehensive Education Ready SC $ 4,249,000

(10) Northeastern Technical College – workforce training equipment $300,000

As always, I would like to offer my assistance in any matter I can help with. I work for all the residents of District 53 and I am here to serve you. Please contact my office by phone at 843-623-5001 or by mail at 200 W. Main St., Chesterfield, SC 29709. You can also reach me by email at Richardyow@schouse.gov.

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