The Pickens Report - February 2017
3/15/2017 ~ by Tucker Green, Pickens County Government - The new year is quickly moving along for residents of Pickens County. The month of February was a busy month for Pickens County government that brought increased progress on many projects.
As of March 1st, the Tax Commissionerís office had collected 91 percent of the total set tax collections for 2016. The hard work of the tax office staff, has made the collection above average rate, and successful thus far.
Also, as of the end of February, SPLOST collections from July 2014 up to February 28, 2017 totaled $10,668,350. The current SPLOST began in July of 2014 and will run through June of 2020. Currently the SPLOST revenues are slightly below the estimated total six year projections, however SPLOST projects as defined in the 2014 SPLOST referendum are continuing as planned.
Additionally, during February, two employees were recognized for their years of service to Pickens County. Carol McArthur was awarded for 10 years of service to the Pickens Sheriffís office, and Darrin Satterfield was award for 10 years of service to the Tax Commissionerís office.
Throughout the month of February, the 911 Operations Center received 1,283 total calls, 436 were medical responses, and 271 were fire related.
The Pickens Animal Shelter brought in 84 new animals, and 83 animals went out through various forms of adoption. Animal Control responded to 41 cases during February.
The Department of Planning and Development issued 33 new building permits.
The Water Department installed two new water meters, and completed a line repair at Jerusalem Church Road. They are now working on a line extension at Town Creek subdivision.
The Road Department has been working on routine maintenance, and preparing for the upcoming paving season.
Pickens County Recreation Departmentís final day of late baseball and softball registration is March 16th. The PCRD 2017 Opening Day ceremony will be on April 15th.
The Pickens County government departments continue to stay busy and work hard for the citizens of Pickens County. The Pickens County Board of Commissioners are doing a great job of leading these efforts. As work progresses and projects continue, I will do my best to keep you informed of these developments.
Until the next time, stay safe and shop local!