Florence leaders move forward with plan to raise fees to pay for infrastructure projects

Published: Jun. 21, 2021 at 4:40 PM EDT|Updated: Jun. 21, 2021 at 6:39 PM EDT
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FLORENCE, S.C. (WMBF) – The Florence City Council held a special called meeting Monday to vote on a plan to raise money for infrastructure projects.

During the meeting, Florence leaders spent an hour going back and forth on whether to raise stormwater fees in order to fix some of the city’s most commonly flooded areas.

City council voted 5-2 to pass the first reading of an ordinance that would increase stormwater fees by 50 cents a month, and issue $7 million in stormwater bonds. Mayor Teresa Myers Ervin and councilwoman Pat Gibson-Hye Moore were the two who voted against the ordinance.

Chaquez McCall said the city needs to address the stormwater issues now and stop kicking the can down the road.

He added that the city hasn’t increased the stormwater fees since 2006, and he believes 50 cents a month isn’t asking too much to fix the city’s problem areas.

The city council will vote on the second reading during July’s meeting.

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