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I, of all people, get the frustration we have with our government(s).  We feel that no matter what we do, government always ends up doing what it always does, and it typically ends up costing us in the end.  I get the distrust and frustration.  It’s probably cliché for politicians, but it really is the reason I got into politics.  I wanted people to know that if I said something, it was true, and that when you asked for help, I would try my best to get it done.  I wanted to make sure that when government did something, it was out in the open. And when you had something to say, you could say it and have your time to be heard.  I wanted to make sure that our processes were not outdated, were free from red tape, and that they had a natural flow to them. I wanted you to know that we were helpful and responsive and were always trying to improve as time went on.

There’s no secret that most of my ”friends” on Facebook are conservative thinkers.  Facebook does a great job of getting like-minded folks together for their marketing purposes.  Since taking office in 2011, I joined Facebook and started gathering a group of friends that would help with research and participation in getting things done for the conservative agenda and for the betterment of the people of Council District 6.  So far we’ve gotten a great deal accomplished together:

  • · Got Spartanburg County out of the ICLEI and making the council aware of the dangers of Agenda 21
  • · Dissolved the Parks Commission
  • · Added a sunset to the Hospitality Tax
  • · Stopped an "across the board" 5% budget cut, and insisted that budget decisions be made item by item
  • · Worked to ensure that "at large" board appointments had a full vote, and were not hand picked
  • · Helped ensure that a citizens’ board, not county council, made the recommendation for any local gun ordinance
  • · Ensured that only those living in Spartanburg County could have a seat on our Planning Commission
  • · Invested my personal time and money to ensure that every Council Meeting was videoed and placed online
  • · Facebook Live-ed every Council Meeting so that those who couldn’t make it could watch in their underwear (didn’t even know that was a thing…)
  • · Sent out Mid-term Questionnaires concerning my performance
  • · Helped block several attempts at property tax increases
  • · Chaired the Corrective Action Committee that helped bring our Register of Dees office and Court records system into the 21st century
  • · Lowered the Parks tax rate
  • · Wrote a personal letter and signed a county letter to the Governor stating our opposition to Refugees locating in Spartanburg County.
  • · Attended every meeting of the Secretary of Homeland Security concerning refugee problem and putting the taped conversations online
  • · Received the ‘Friend of the Taxpayer’ award.
  • · Received the “Local Government Official” Award from the South Carolina Republican Party
  • · Made it possible for those who wanted to speak to Spartanburg County Council,  to do so in every single meeting
  • · Cut money to outside agencies
  • · Ensured that we, as taxpayers, made the decision concerning a tax increase to build the new courthouse, instead of dictating a tax increase without public consent.
  • · Fought here and in Columbia and have confronted our local legislative delegation concerning the Local Government Fund where we have been double taxed for years
  • · Helped set up a system where you can contact me or the county directly to have road issues fixed by a second-to-none road maintenance crew - fixing problems such as potholes – many times within an hour of getting the request!

I could go on with some of the things I’ve personally done for those of our district, and even some outside our district. The goal of all of this was to help eliminate some of the distrust people had in government, to show we did listen and could act, that we could actually get some good reform and implement great ideas, and that it's not a futile exercise to deal with your County government. I believe we’ve made great strides in accomplishing these goals.

During my term on council, I have been given the opportunity to serve in several areas that enable me to make key decisions that result in real differences in the lives of those I serve. As the chairman of the Public Works committee I have the unique position of serving on the SPATS committee, overseeing and directing Federal highway and infrastructure dollars, and serving on the County Transportation Advisory committee, advising on projects funded by the state gas tax dollars. I also serve on the Council of Governments Board that directs federal dollars to areas of the Upstate to provide funding for economic development, community development, transportation, infrastructure development, aging services and workforce development. I was recently appointed by the Governor to sit on the State Workforce Development Board to oversee our workforce development state wide.

With all of the exciting things happening in our county, it is truly a pleasure to serve as your representative! This really is a unique time in Spartanburg, with lots of great opportunities and historic undertakings. I would be honored to continue to represent the citizens of Council District 6 for another term to ensure our strength, stability and direction moving forward. I ask for your prayers for wisdom and guidance as we, as a district, move forward in whatever direction God has for us.

God Bless!


New Road Work Order Link


Do you know about our new Road Work Order Link?  See a pothole or something that needs fixing in our road system - Use the link!

Maintenance Work Request

Does it work?  You tell me:

Less than (1) Hour?  Now THAT's Service...That's Team Spartanburg!


Toray GroundBreaking


From staff reports

Published: Tuesday, January 19, 2016 at 3:09 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 19, 2016 at 3:09 p.m.

Textiles fed local industry for more than a century. Now, a new fiber will help feed Spartanburg County's economy.

State and local officials on Tuesday joined with executives from Toray Industries to break ground on the Japanese manufacturer's $1.4 billion plant that will be constructed on 400 acres near the intersection of highways 290 and 221 in Moore.

The project, which was announced in February 2014, is South Carolina's largest initial investment in a new production facility ever. It will initially create about 500 jobs.

Akihiro Nikkaku, president and CEO of Toray, said the plant is expected to begin operations in summer 2017. It will specialize in the production of precast and prepreg carbon fiber for the company's customers in North America, including Boeing's facility in North Charleston, which will use it in its 787 Dreamliner and new 777x passenger jet

“Toray is and will continue to be the world leader in carbon fiber, both in quality and capacity,” Nikkaku said. “Outside of Japan, this new site will be Toray's only fully-integrated carbon fiber facility… We are all excited about this historic South Carolina project that will open a new chapter in Toray's 97th anniversary year.”

Tuesday's ceremony marked another milestone in a project that leaders said required several years of hard work, pooling resources and a lot of teamwork.

“When we look back this was a long time coming. There were a lot of years, talks and relationships and things we had to build to get to this point,” S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley said. “They care about the quality of their product. They care about the ability to have a workforce that can maintain their reputation. They cared about the community they were going to live in. And they wanted to be actively involved and be in a community that would accept them back.”


Courthouse: Pressing Needs


Our Clerk of Court, The Honorable Hope Blackley, gave us a very honest and open look at the state of Spartanburg County's Courthouse.  Please take a moment to look at her presentation and also follow along in the video (43:45 mark).


European tiremaker investing $50M in Spartanburg County plant, creating 150 jobs


Read SHJ Article Here

Published: Tuesday, May 6, 2014 at 1:45 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, May 6, 2014 at 1:45 p.m.

A European tiremaker plans to tread new territory in Spartanburg County.

Italy-based Trelleborg Wheel Systems Inc. announced Tuesday it will build its first manufacturing facility for agricultural tires in North America, a $50 million investment that is expected to create 150 jobs by 2018.

The 430,000-square-foot plant is expected to be built on the company's existing footprint on Reeves Street off Highway 29.

“In coming to Spartanburg County, we'll be located in a modern facility in a prime location, capitalizing on existing partnership agreements with major (original equipment manufacturers) and distributors while facilitating the transfer of technology from one part of the world to another,” Maurizio Vischi, president of Trelleborg's Wheel Systems business area, said in a statement.

“Although we already sell our products in the United States and Canada, local production offers considerably more favorable conditions, thus enhancing our competitiveness.”

Trelleborg Wheel Systems is one of the five divisions of the Sweden-based Trelleborg Group. The company acquired the local plant when it purchased Spartanburg-based Reeves Brothers Inc. in 2006.

“It's always a positive when we see a company find a new use for an existing facility,” said Carter Smith, executive vice president of the Economic Futures Group. “It's good for them, and it's good for us because it keeps a facility from going dark and creates job opportunities for local residents.”

Trelleborg said the investment will also include state-of-the-art equipment for the production of radial tires for agricultural machinery. The facility will “cater to market growth and ensure that OEMs, dealers and farmers alike benefit from Trelleborg's proximity and product availability.”

The state's Coordinating Council for Economic Development approved job development credits for the project.

Production is expected to begin in late 2015.

“We are pleased that Trelleborg will be repurposing their Spartanburg County facility for Trelleborg Wheel Systems Group,” County Councilman David Britt, said in a statement. “We welcome this international operation, supplying the agricultural industry, and greatly appreciate their investment and job opportunities.”

Russ Weber, chairman of the Economic Futures Group, thanked county officials and Duke Energy for their support of the project.

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It's A Keeper!!!


It's official:

Spartanburg County hooks Bass Pro Shops

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Published: Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 3:38 p.m.
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Uncle Buck's Fishbowl and Grill allows visitors to feel like they're bowling under the ocean.

Spartanburg County caught a trophy on Wednesday.

Local leaders joined with Bass Pro Shops officials to announce the company's new “Mega Outdoor Store” during a news conference in front of about 200 people at the Chapman Cultural Center in downtown.

The Missouri-based outdoor retailer said it will build the store on 75 acres currently owned by Spartanburg-based Pacolet Milliken Enterprises Inc. at the intersection of Interstate 85 and Highway 101, across the street from BMW Manufacturing Co.

Bass Pro Shops said the store represents an investment in the tens of millions and will create about 250 new jobs. It will be 120,000-square feet and will serve as the focal point of a mixed-use development that will include retail, hotels and restaurants.

The store is expected to be completed in 2016.

“The economic impact of Bass Pro Shops won't just be a ripple,” said County Councilman David Britt. “It will be like dropping a meteorite in a swimming pool.”

Mike Dunham, director of real estate for Bass Pro Shops, said the store will be the size of two football fields.

He said it will feature the company's Uncle Buck's Fishbowl and Grill, a nautical-themed center in the store that has 12 bowling lanes that give customers the chance to feel like they are bowling under the ocean. The grill will give shoppers a place to recharge their batteries while dining on appetizers, sandwiches, salads and burgers.

It will be the company's third store in South Carolina, including a location in Myrtle Beach and another in North Charleston that is expected to open in 2015.

“We are very excited to be here,” Dunham said. “This is a fantastic market, full of hunters and fishermen who are passionate about the outdoors. We have been focused on this area for years. It always seemed like we couldn't find the right location… We're going to put something together (for Spartanburg) that will be really cool and really special.”

Local officials have been courting Bass Pro Shops for about seven years.

In 2006, Gov. Mark Sanford vetoed legislation passed by the state legislature that gave Bass Pro Shops' competitor Nebraska-based Cabela's a break on sales and income taxes for a proposed store in North Charleston.

The legislature ultimately overrode the veto. Sanford continued his bid to block incentives when it was revealed that local leaders were trying to lure a large retailer, eventually identified as Bass Pro Shops, to anchor the retail portion of a large development proposed near I-85 and Highway 14.

Sanford held a series of news conferences at small outdoor retail shops in the Upstate, where he vowed to fight giving “extraordinary retail establishments” a 50 percent refund on sales taxes for 15 years to offset infrastructure costs.

The former governor's veto was overridden a second time in 2007.

On April 3, Cabela's opened a new 100,000-square-foot store off Woodruff Road in Greenville County.

Dunham said Bass Pro Shops' looked at several sites in Spartanburg County over the years, but the company was never able to get all of the pieces to come together.

“The stars just kind of aligned for this store,” he said. “It was the right size site in the right location… It was meant to be.”

Britt said the company qualifies for state incentives. The county has agreed to a 6 percent fee in lieu of taxes for 20 years and to put the company in a multi-county industrial park.

The store is expected to bring in visitors from across the region and beyond.

“It's a unique shopping experience that you just can't explain,” Britt said. “We get excited when we talk about projects. But there has never been one like this. This one has the potential to (positively) affect everyone in the county.”

The property is the former site of Spartanburg-based textile giant Milliken & Co.'s Armitage Plant, named after the late Norman Armitage, a company executive who competed in six Olympics.

In 2009, Pacolet Milliken removed the old 163,000-square-foot plant that closed in 1985 and spruced up the property. The company also bought the Spinx station's property and had the whole site certified under the state's Textile Communities Revitalization Act.

“We saw that the site was more valuable for future use without the building,” said John Montgomery, vice president of real estate for Pacolet Milliken. “We're very fortunate to have had the resources to improve this site… We were impressed by Bass Pro Shops' plans and felt they would be good stewards of this property. I think Mr. (Roger) Milliken would have been proud.”

Bass Pro Shops said more than 80,000 vehicles pass by the site each day. The company said its average customer drives 50 or more miles to shop, staying over two hours.

Britt called the announcement a “triple crown” for the county, which has already seen two $1 billion deals announced this year. Those deals include Tokyo-based Toray Industries Inc.'s new carbon fiber plant in Moore and BMW Manufacturing Co.'s expansion to increase production to 450,000 vehicles annually and to build the new X7. The three projects combined are expected to create over 1,500 jobs.

Dunham said the company has 85 stores and Tracker Marine Centers in the U.S. and Canada. The Spartanburg store will be number 86 on the list.

Local leaders said they are elated about what the store will mean for tourism in the county, especially with visitors flocking to Tyger River Park and soon Upward Sports' new complex off Highway 29 near Wellford.

“I travel all over the country and if there is a Bass Pro where I am, I'm going in there,” said County Council Chairman Jeff Horton. “I love this store. My wife loves this store. The difference is that when you go into one and grab one of the guys in the green shirt, you're going to get a level of customer service and expertise that you don't get anywhere else.”

Bass Pro Shops said its stores feature lodge-like exteriors and outdoor-themed interiors that include massive log and rock work, large indoor aquariums stocked with native fish species, wildlife mounts and exhibits that pay tribute to the region's outdoor heritage.

Dunham said the Spartanburg store will be loaded with local flavor.

“That's the great thing about (Bass Pro Shops),” Dunham said. “No two stores are alike. Each one is independently designed to honor the region… You can bet this one will be unique.”

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Unfunded Mandates


Please click here for a list of UNFUNDED MANDATES that are at the heart of the LOCAL GOVERNMENT FUND problem. (From the Association of Counties)

Click here for a nice history of how we got to this point


Local Government Fund (LGF)


Please read below a summary of one of the biggest problems facing our county today: The loss of over $20 Million Dollars that the State Owes (according to Statutory Law) Spartanburg County. Please Click HERE to read article and see Spreadsheet outlining the problem.  These are YOUR tax dollars that you pay to the State that are NOT coming back to Spartanburg to pay for your Court System, Detention System and much more.

When you're done, please take some time to contact your Representative and your Senator and let them know that you are tired of paying TWICE for the same service!  They have been involved in this issue and all seem very willing to help, but We The People need to let them know how we feel!

Thanks as always for Staying Informed & Involved!


January 24, 2014



Historical Perspective:

Counties have dual roles: (1) as a local government providing basic, essential services, and (2) as an administrative arm of the state to assist the state in providing state agency support.

The State Aid to Subdivisions Act is part of the General Appropriations Act that allocates state shared revenue to local governments. The Local Government Fund (LGF) is the largest component of the State Aid to Subdivisions Act. See S.C. Code of Laws §§ 6-27-10 to -50.

To a large degree, State Aid to Subdivisions Act has always served the same purpose: to blunt the impact of property taxes, especially when local government is performing a state role.

Full funding of the LGF lessens the financial impact of state mandates on counties, and ultimately citizens.

State Statutory Formula for LGF Funding and Distribution:

The LGF is governed by a state statutorily created funding formula for both the amount distributed and the way it is distributed among counties and municipalities.

South Carolina Code § 6-27-30 provides that the LGF is to be funded in an amount equal to not less than 4.5% of general fund revenues of the latest completed fiscal year.

South Carolina Code § 6-27-40 provides that 83.278% of the LGF must be distributed to counties. Of the total distributed to counties, each county must receive an amount based on the ratio that the county’s population is of the whole population of the state according to the most recent U.S. census. The remaining 16.722% is to be distributed to municipalities in the same manner.

State Statutory Limitations on LGF Amendments or Reductions:

South Carolina Code § 6-27-20 restricts the legislature’s ability to impose mid-year cuts of the fund and requires a separate majority vote of the entire State Budget and Control Board. The cuts are permitted only to the extent the counties and municipalities do not receive less funding than received in the immediate preceding fiscal year.

South Carolina Code § 6-27-50 prohibits the legislature from amending or repealing a section of the State Aid to Subdivisions Act except in separate legislation solely for that purpose.

State Suspension of the Statutory Limitations on LGF Amendments or Reductions:

Since FY2009-10, application of the LGF statutory provisions has been suspended.

Summary of the Impact of the LGF on Spartanburg County:

With the decrease in the LGF, funding from County citizens is being redirected to cover the LGF shortfall, thereby reducing County funds available for services provided by the County to its citizens.

Even if LGF was at full funding levels, funding from County citizens must be used to supplement funding of state mandated agency support.

A summary of the fiscal impact on Spartanburg County’s revenues and expenditures is attached. (Revenue from Medicaid and mini-bottle sales is directed by the state and, therefore, those amounts are excluded from the summary.)


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