Counties worry as SC House tries to change local funding

Published: Feb. 20, 2015 at 2:16 PM EST|Updated: Mar. 2, 2015 at 2:16 PM EST
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MARION, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina House members are trying to change a formula that determines how much money counties and other local governments get from the state.

Current law requires the state to provide 4.5 percent of the last budget year's general fund revenues to counties and municipalities. But lawmakers have not provided the full amount since 2008.

Chief budget writers in the House want to change the formula so it reflects the current budget year. They say the old formula was created in 1991 when budgets were done on paper instead of by computers.

Marion County Administrator Tim Harper says his county and others have suffered. Harper supports a different bill that would restore funding for counties and cities to the levels required under the 1991 law over three-year period

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