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Council Meeting Canceled by Executive Order 

Posted by Seth Duncan Thursday, September 7, 2017 11:36:00 AM

Mayor Rita Crapps as issued an Executive Order declaring a State of Emergency for the Town of Batesburg-Leesville. With the arrival of Hurricane Irma likely Monday evening, the Mayor has rescheduled September's Council Meeting from the 11th to the 18th. A copy of the executive order can be found here

Special Election Town Council District 8 

Posted by Seth Duncan Friday, August 11, 2017 4:35:00 PM

Due to the resignation of Council Member Jim Wiszowaty, a special election will be held to fill the remaining 2 years of his term. 

Filing for this seat will begin on August 17th and end at noon on September 8th. 

The election will be held with the regularly scheduled general election on November 7th. 

For more information, please click here

Thanks.

Election Season 

Posted by Seth Duncan Friday, August 11, 2017 1:55:00 PM

Every two odd years, town citizens go to the polls to select council members. This year voters will be selecting individuals to fill the following seats: 

  • Council District 1 
  • Council District 3
  • Council District 5
  • Council District 7
  • Mayor

In addition to the above races, a special election will be held to fill the remaining term of District 2

Interested candidates must file with Lexington County Elections Commission (even if they live in the Saluda County portion of town) before noon on Friday, August 25, 2017

Petition forms and Statement of Intention of Candidacy are available at Town Hall, but must be submitted to Lexington County Elections Commission by noon on the closing date (above). These forms can be found online here

Candidates seeking to run for a district seat or mayor are required to obtain a minimum number of valid signatures. The exact number varies by district, but overall, each candidate for a seat needs to obtain 35 signatures for council districts, and 235 for mayor. Lexington County Election Commission will determine the validity of the signatures submitted. The Town of Batesburg-Leesville uses a petition filing process, therefore, no fees are assessed to run for Town offices. 

Candidates for municipal office must electronically file a Statement of Economic Interest (SEI) through the State Ethics Commission website.  Candidates may also be required to make Campaign Disclosure reports.  Visit the State Ethics Commission website for more information.

Good luck! 

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Annual Chamber Auction 

Posted by Seth Duncan Tuesday, August 8, 2017 4:07:00 PM

2017 will be the 28th year of our Annual Auction.  The auction will be held on Saturday August 26th at T&S Farm.  Registration, social networking , and the Silent Auction will begin at 6:00 PM.  The live Auction begins at approximately 7:15 PM.  Tickets, $35 each, include heavy hors d'oeuvres and beverages.  An entertaining and respected auctioneer, Billy Shaw, will bring excitement to the evening.  For information on tickets, sponsorship opportunities, or donations please go to batesburg-leesvillechamber.org, click on Annual Auction in events and download the application.  Sponsors at this time are: SILVER - Town of Batesburg-Leesville, Lexington Medical Center, Mid-Carolina Electric Cooperative; BRONZE-SCE&G, Batesburg Insurance Agency, Oswald Wholesale Lumber, Inc., Economy Furniture, South State Bank, Comporium, Derrick Plumbing, Jerrold A. Watson & Sons, Cal Forrest, First Citizens Bank, Herlong Chevrolet-Buick.

Solar Eclipse 

Posted by Seth Duncan Friday, July 28, 2017 11:32:00 AM

Residents and visitors to Batesburg-Leesville are in for a celestial treat on Monday, August 21st. For for the the first time in nearly 100 years, a total solar eclipse will pass over our region. The Town is working with the Batesburg-Leesville Branch of Lexington County Library for a viewing party. We are still working on the details, but check out the save the date flyer below. We hope you make plans to join us for this historic event. 

National Night Out 

Posted by Seth Duncan Friday, July 14, 2017 11:44:00 AM

The Town would like to invite everyone to the annual National Night Out event at Leesville College Park on Tuesday, August 1st from 5pm to 8pm. The event is co-hosted with Lexington County Sheriff's Department. There will be tons of activities, food, and fun. Hope to see you there. 

Hospitality Tax Presentation 

Posted by Seth Duncan Tuesday, June 27, 2017 5:40:00 PM

Click here for tonight's presentation

 

Hospitality Tax Information Session 

Posted by Seth Duncan Monday, June 26, 2017 11:38:00 AM

Town staff will be conducting Hospitality Tax Information Sessions on Monday and Tuesday (June 26th & 27th) starting at 6pm in Council Chambers (120 W. Church Street, Suite B). These sessions are designed to provide more detailed information regarding the H-Tax, how it can be used, and early plans for its use in Batesburg-Leesville. The sessions will begin at 6pm with a presentation by staff with questions to follow. Town Council members may be present, but these events are not designed to be official Council Meetings, nor will any action be taken even if a quorum is present. Monday night's presentation is geared towards the businesses that will be impacted, whereas, Tuesday's session is for the general public. 

Hope you can join us. 

 

Advanced Disposal Increasing Collection Rates 

Posted by Seth Duncan Tuesday, June 13, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Town Council was informed Monday night that Advanced Disposal will be increasing its garbage and recycling collection rates beginning July 1st. The current rate of $9.37 per household will increase to $9.71 per month, according to the information provided to Council.

“We are implementing a 3.6% increase in conjunction with the BLS CPI figures for 2016,” wrote Hardee Horne, Municipal Marketing and Governmental Affairs Manager for Advanced Disposal, in a letter to the Town. This increase is the first increase in more than three years.

“This is a trend we are seeing with many of our service providers; prices for goods and services are going up across the board,” remarked Ted Luckadoo, Town Manager. “We have always directly passed the cost of this service to the customer, and in July, residents and businesses with Town garbage service will see the 34 cent increase in their bill.”

Advanced Disposal became the Town’s garbage and recycling service provider in 2013 when it bought out Southland Sanitation. The Town’s current contract expires June 30, 2018.

Town Council Considering Local Hospitality Tax 

Posted by Seth Duncan Wednesday, June 7, 2017 3:01:00 PM

Town Council met Monday evening in a special work session to discuss the continued development of the Town’s Strategic Plan, the budget, and to receive information by staff regarding the development and implementation of a Local Hospitality Tax. The hospitality tax presentation was requested by Council in January to determine the feasibility and utilization of a local hospitality tax program.

The information presented to Council for consideration included the law, its intended uses, and potential impact on the Town. A local hospitality tax is an optional 2% sales tax added to prepared food and beverages only and is designed to provide revenue for projects related to tourism, revitalization and growth.

If the hospitality tax is adopted, for example a meal purchased within the Town costing $10.00 will include an additional charge of 20 cents. However, families and individuals that purchase unprepared food from grocery stores, food meant to be cooked at home, will not experience the new charge.

According to state law, municipalities may impose up to a 2% local hospitality tax on prepared food and beverages whose revenue must be used exclusively for tourism-related facilities, infrastructure, advertisement/promotions, and other tourism-related activities. Nearly half of all municipalities in South Carolina currently collect a local hospitality tax with Batesburg-Leesville being one of the largest remaining that does not.

In addition, Council was informed that a local hospitality tax is projected generate more than $400,000 annually in revenue. Potential projects mentioned in the presentation included new Town entrance signs, new Christmas lights, park improvements, façade improvement grants, and the development of a Hospitality Tax Master Plan.

The general sense of Council was optimism about the ability of the local hospitality tax to revitalize and grow the community without placing that burden solely on the backs of town property taxpayers. Since a local hospitality tax is paid by everyone who consumes prepared food and beverages, visitors and tourists will share in the maintaining and repairing of Town infrastructure and facilities that they also enjoy.

Council intends to hold a series of community information meetings to further discuss the local hospitality tax and its utilization. These information sessions are expected to be held throughout the summer at various locations and times to be announced.

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