Richland County Councilman Calls To Stop Funding Recreation Commission

Richland County Council calls to stop funding the Richland Count Recreation Commissiion

Richland County, SC (WLTX) - One Richland County councilman wants to stop funding the county's recreation commission.

In a special called meeting Tuesday councilman Greg Pearce motioned to support the state lawmakers who have called for the resignation of five of the commission's seven board members.

Those lawmakers say that they have lost confidence in those members who oversee the commission.

They say the board has allowed for at least six wrong doings including abuses of nepotism, irresponsible compensation and excessive litigation costs.

Pearce also motioned for the county to stop funding the commission in the 2017 budget until those board members are removed.

"We are presently budgeted the recreation department at 13 mils, but by law we are only required to fund them at five, so this council during the budget process decided to withhold the eight additional mils until such time as we conduct an audit," Pearce said. "That audit has not been completed yet, so what this motion would do would be to extend that...until such time as to the commission (board members) were to be replaced."

That motion was not voted on and will be sent to the county's administration and finance committee.

"Many of the council members are just coming back from our recess. Many of them are not privy to what happened and have not seen the material and I could not have asked them to make a vote of something that serious without knowing what the evidence is," said Pearce.

Council has not decided when the motion will be brought up again by the committee.

(© 2016 WLTX)


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