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Spartanburg County, South Carolina

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Spartanburg County is one of 46 counties in South Carolina. The 2010 census recorded its population to be 284,307.Its county seat is Spartanburg.The county comprises the Spartanburg, South Carolina, Metropolitan Statistical Area. The USS Spartanburg County (LST-1192) is named after the county.

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See also: Evaluation of South Carolina county websites

Last rated on May 2, 2012.

The good

  • Tax data search available.[1] Tax levy sheet posted.[2]
  • Budget is published.[3]
  • Building permit instructions and forms are available.[4]
  • Audits are available.[3]
  • Bids are available, as well as award results.[5]
  • Council members listed with contact information. Meeting schedule, minutes and agendas available.[6]
  • Administrative officials listed under respective departments.

The bad


Spending under the FY 2011-2012 budget totals $153,069,804. This is a 1.23% increase over the previous fiscal year. The Capital Budget includes $16,911567 in funding, over $6 million of which is for road and bridge related projects. The County's long-term outstanding debt was $61,625,000 at the end of the FY 2010-2011 budget period.[7]

The budget classifies expenditures by type as personnel services (salaries, health insurance, retirement, etc.), operating expenditures (office supplies, software, uniforms, etc.), capital outlay (desks, chairs, computer equipment, etc.), and other expenditures (transfers, outside agency contributions, etc.). Expenditures by type for FY 2011-2012 are:[8]

Expenditure Type Total Percent of Total
Personnel Services $73,247,404 48%
Operating Expenditures $37,967,485 25%
Other Expenditures $36,712,785 24%
Capital Outlay $5,142,130 3%

Public employees

Elected officials

The county is governed by a seven member County Council. Members are:[6]

Name Position District Term Expires
Jeffrey A. Horton Chairman 01/01/2015
Michael D. Brown Member District 1 01/01/2013
O'Neal Mintz Member District 2 01/01/2015
David Britt Member District 3 01/01/2013
Jane W. Hall Member District 4 01/01/2013
Dale Culbreth Member District 5 01/01/2014
Roger Nutt Member District 6 01/01/2015

County Council members earn salaries of $12,500. The Chairman's salary is slightly higher, at $15,000.[9]

Administrative officials

The current County Administrator is Katherine L. Hubbard. The County Administrator carries out the policies of the County Council, oversees the day-to-day operations of the county, and appoints all non-elected department heads. The Administrator is appointed by the County Council, and assisted by a deputy administrator and an assistant administrator.[10]

A county organizational chart can be found [1] (dead link).


The county does not provide information on employee salaries. A database provided by the Journal Watchdog lists 6 county employees earning over $100,000 per year in 2011. Those employees are:[11]

Name Position 2011 Salary
Darryl Breed County Administrator (former) $133,737.00
Ponda Caldwell Probate Judge $127,036.00
Gordon Cooper Master in Equity $119,594.00
Charles Wright, Jr. Sheriff $105,530.00
James Paslay Magistrate $102,805.00
Alfred Rickett Finance Director $101,697.00


Employees participate in the South Carolina Retirement System.[12]


Information is not provided on taxpayer funded lobbying.

Transparency & public records


The 2011 tax levy sheet can be found here.

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