Lexington County, South Carolina

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Lexington County is one of 46 counties in South Carolina. The county's population was estimated to be 235,272 in 2005. The county seat is Lexington.
  • Established: 1804
  • Land area: 699 square miles
  • Form of Government: Council-Administrator
  • Council Members: 9
  • Method of Election: Single Member
  • Term Length: 4 years
  • Lexington County is part of the Central Midlands Council of Government, along with Fairfield, Newberry and Richland counties.[1]

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  • Council members listed with contact information.[2] Meeting schedule, minutes and agendas available.[3]
  • Budgets and financial audits available.[4]
  • Local tax information provided.[5][6]
  • Administrative officials listed with contact information.[7]
  • Current bids posted, contracts not available.[8]
  • Zoning ordinance[9] and building permits available.[10]

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County budget

The county is reported to have a fund balance of nearly $50 million in early 2009.[11]

Amazon.com thanks council

Amazon.com Director of Policy Fred Kiga thanks members of the Lexington County Council for helping shape the deal to bring the online retailer to the Saxe Gotha Industrial Park in Cayce.

In December 2010, it was announced that Amazon would build a distribution center in Lexington County, thanks in part to a package of incentives for the project. The company wants to start building the $40 million facility in January 2011 and have it up and running next fall.[12]

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