Sumter County voters reject tax hike

Sumter County voters say no to a proposal for an ad valorem tax increase.

With all precincts reporting:

No 3,125 55%
Yes 2,559 45%

The referendum sought to fund various entities:
1. Thirty-five percent to the York Health Care
2. Twenty-five percent to the Sumter County
Commission for ambulance service subsidy,
road, and bridges.
3. Twenty percent to the Sumter County
Volunteer Firefighters Association which shall
distribute the proceeds in equal amounts to
each recipient which, at the date of the
approval of this act, is receiving funding from
the Sumter County Commission which funds
shall be used to upgrade existing
infrastructure and the Sumter County Rescue
Squad, 911 Board, Sumter Indigent Care
Fund, and Boys and Girls Club.
4. Fifteen percent to the Sumter County
Sheriff's Department for deputy sheriffs, jail
administrator, purchase and maintenance of
vehicles and equipment, and providing
security for the Sumter County Court House,
Sumter County Commission Annex Building,
or other buildings owned or leased by the
Sumter County Commission.
5. Five percent to the Sumter County Board of
Education with two and one-half percent to be
earmarked for maintenance and upkeep of
school roads, and two and one-half percent
for supplies to support the nurses employed
by the Sumter County Board of Education.