FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
March 9, 2018
Statement from Richland County
(RICHLAND PIO) – Richland County Council met today to discuss the S.C. Supreme ruling on the Richland County transportation penny program. The County issues the following statement:
The S.C. Supreme Court has spoken.
It’s been forgotten by some that Richland County voluntarily went to the Court, even though it won its case against S.C. Department of Revenue (DOR). We sought the Court’s input because there were issues we thought still needed to be resolved.
Now that those issues have been resolved by a final authority, the County is prepared to fully comply with the Court’s order. Richland County has a solution to the Court’s ruling that is responsive, responsible and ready to be implemented.
To date, Richland County has expended about $242 million on the Transportation Program. Of that amount, DOR and the Court have questioned less than 1 percent of those expenditures. Ninety-nine percent of our expenditures have directly resulted in improvements to roads, greenways and public transit. Richland County is proud of its progress to date and will fully comply with the Court’s helpful instruction related to less than 1 percent of erroneous expenses.
On Friday, County Administrator Gerald Seals presented to Council a financial plan to remove the offending expenses, placing the County in legal compliance with the Court’s ruling.