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Richland County, South Carolina
Richland County is one of 46 counties in South Carolina. As of the 2010 census recorded that its population had reached 384,504. It is the second most populous county in South Carolina, behind only Greenville County. The county seat is Columbia, the state capital. It is also the center of population of South Carolina. Richland County is part of the Columbia, South Carolina, Metropolitan Statistical Area.
Last rated on May 7, 2012.
- Council members listed with contact information. Meeting schedule, minutes and agendas available.
- Building forms are available, along with county zoning details and planning policies.
- Bids are posted
- Tax rates are published.
- Budget is published.
- Annual financial audits are posted.
- Administrative contact details are not posted.
- Does not disclose if belongs to government sector lobbying associations.
- Contracts are not posted.
- Information on how to make a public records request is not provided on the site.
The FY 2012 budget contained appropriated expenditures, excluding capital projects, totaled $672 million. This was a 3.9% increase over the FY 2011 budget. The General Fund budget contained no reductions in citizen services or employee layoffs, accommodated a $900,000 reduction in State Aid, along with no new county-funded positions.
FY 2012 adopted expenditures were broken up as follows:
|Type||Percent of Total|
|Special Revenue Funds||8%|
FY 2012 revenues came from the following sources:
|Type||Percent of Total|
|Property and other taxes||80%|
|Fees in lieu of taxes||3%|
|Licenses and permits||2%|
|Charges for services||2%|
|Fees and fines||1%|
|Other financing sources||4%|
The County is governed by an 11 member County Council. Members are:
|Bill Malinowski||District 1||2014|
|Joyce Dickerson||District 2||2012|
|Damon Jeter||District 3|
|Paul Livingston||District 4||2014|
|Seth Rose||District 5||2014|
|Gregory Pearce, Jr.||District 6||2014|
|Gwendolyn David Kennedy||District 7||2012|
|Jim Manning||District 8||2012|
|Val Hutchison||District 9||2012|
|Kelvin Washington||District 10||2012|
|Norman Jackson||District 11||2014|
The current County Administrator if J. Milton Pope. The Administrator serves as the administrative head of the county government.
A database of 2011-2012 salaries maintained by The State lists 14 county employees earning more than $100,000 per year. The top five highest paid employees, as of February 29, 2012, are:
|John Pope||Non-Classified Salaried||$157,500.00|
|Lean Lott, Jr.||Non-Classified Salaried||$144,702.38|
|Larry Smith||Non-Classified Salaried||$126,987.78|
|Janet Claggett||Chief Information Officer||$123,987.72|
|William McDonald||Non-Classified Salaried||$123,383.72|
Eligible employees are required to participate in the South Carolina Retirement System or the Police Officer Retirement System. These are both defined benefit plans administered by the state. Employees contribute 6.5% of their salary, while the county contributes 9.24% to SCRS and 10.65% to PORS. Full retirement eligibility under SCRS begins after 28 years of service, or at age 65 and five years of service. Retirement under PORS begins after 25 years of service, or age 55 and 5 years of service.
The county does not provide information on taxpayer funded lobbying.
Transparency & public records
In April, 2012, the County Council approved a proposal to broadcast all meetings on television and online. The motion had been proposed by Councilman Seth Rose in April, 2011. Rose met initial resistance from four fellow council members. The decision to broadcast meetings included an initial $65,000 expenditure, plus another $35,000 for a paid staffer to operate the control room.
- Official Richland County Website
- Richland County Sheriff's Department
- Richland County Public Library
- Richland County Maps
- Richland County Quick Facts, U.S. Census Bureau
- Historic Richland County