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Candidates Running for Indian Land Action Council Board Officers

Indian Land Action Council Members will be voting at the March 15th Meeting

Running for President:

Robin See – Lives in Shelly Woods

I will work with all members to create bridges to other area organizations such as Rotary, the Chamber of Commerce and PTO. We will do outreach to every HOA so that the 60+ subdivisions in Indian Land have a member representative and know more about the activities and opportunities that are available here in our community. I believe that ILAC can work together with the County Council to improve our community and to be a cohesive voice that sends a clear message what our community needs and expects from our county government.

Scott Babbidge – Lives in The Grove neighborhood

He sees ILAC as a tremendous resource for bringing the community together, to provide a strong voice for the concerns and issues facing Indian Land and its residents, and to represent Indian Land before the Lancaster County Council and the SC State Legislature to aid our representatives in making sure the resources required to keep Indian Land growing and flourishing are provided to our community.

Dave Aspesi – Lives in Glen Laurel

He has an entrepreneurial spirit and has successfully run multiple businesses, sometimes concurrently. He also had a career, spanning decades, as a public servant working both for a town and school district. Dave is ready to bring his knowledge and skills to help his community in any way he can.

Running for Vice President:

Jim Mertes – Lives in Bridge Mill

I am very interested in Indian Land and like it here very much. I would like to see if ILAC can become more involved in the community relative to venues which will help the community.

Running for Secretary:

Michelle Simonetti – Lives in Legacy Park

This past year I had the opportunity to host a booth at the Fall Festival, and since have taken on the role of Regional Director of Compassionate SC advocating patient care. In the past few months this journey has also led me to become part of our county Health & Wellness Commission, as well as, a member of the school safety committee. As part of the ILAC board I hope to bring relevant updates and opportunities for our community to get involved in improving the wellness of our neighbors.

Running for Treasurer:

Robin Hensel – Lives in Belair Hills

It has been my privilege to serve as your treasurer this past year. I appreciate being a part of the group and helping to inform the residents about things happening here in their community. I am looking forward to continuing as treasurer on the board as we continue to educate and create positive changes here in Indian Land.

Running for the two Members at Large:

Beverly Williams – Lives in the Southern end of Indian Land

I am asking for your vote for the position of Member At Large. I have an extensive knowledge of the history, economic and development trends of our area. Recently, I have spent countless hours researching SC laws and Lancaster County government as well as talking with hundreds of residents in our vast and diverse area. I believe that I can use this knowledge to work together as a team with the council to make this happen.

Josh Pangle – Lives in Harrisburg Road area.

I am a 34 year resident of the Indian Land community. I have a strong relationship with a lot of the folks in the outlying rural areas of the community. My goal is to be the missing link between the working class rural area residents and the suburban area residents for ILAC.  Many of those individuals in the rural areas are so divulged in their work that time doesn’t allow them to attend ILAC meetings, in turn their voice and opinions are rarely heard.


Indian Land Action Council Meeting on March 15, 2018

7 pm, at the Del Webb Library

The speakers will be Dr. Jonathan Phipps, Lancaster County Schools Superintendent and Bryan Vaughn, Lancaster County School Safety Director. Indian Land County Council members, Planning Commissioners and members of County Boards will bring us up to date on County issues. Meeting is open to the public. Any questions contact ILAC, President, Jane Tanner,, 803-547-9597


Lancaster County New Economic Development Web Site


Sample Ballot For Voting on Indian Land Referendum  

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Sample Ballot to View


State House Update #1

It is hard to believe we are already through the first month of the 2018 sitting of the South Carolina General Assembly. Our work load has steadily picked up as bills are beginning to make their way through the committee process and onto the floor, in addition to legislation not resolved from last year.
I wanted to give a quick updates on what we’re doing at the State House on some important issues:

School Buses
On the first day of session, I was proud to override Governor McMaster’s veto of funding for new school buses for our students. While South Carolina is the only state in the nation that still runs its own bus fleet, we should follow the rest of the states and contract out this service. But as long as we are going to run our own fleet, we can not allow children to ride on buses that are twenty years or older and often catch fire. I think anyone along the political spectrum can agree that paying for safety is a priority we must fund.

Reform to Office of Regulatory Staff (ORS)
The on-going debacle of the V.C. Summer nuclear power plant in Fairfield County is going to be the issue that defines this year’s legislative session. The biggest problem is the failure of oversight by the state’s Office of Regulatory Staff (ORS), which was caused by conflicting missions assigned by state law, which tasked the ORS with three contradicting duties. The main problem was their requirement to look out for the financial integrity of the utilities, which gave way too much influence to the utilities in negotiating the rate increases. The bill which passed the House – which I supported – ended this ORS requirement. This bill also expands the power of ORS to subpoena documents from the utilities anytime a utility company seeks a rate hike, to make sure the rate payers are looked out for by state government. We also created an independent consumer advocate located in the Attorney General’s office to advocate solely for rate payers. Of the many steps being looked at, these much-needed regulatory fixes will make major differences going forward.

SCANA Customers
The House voted 119-1 to repeal the rate currently being paid by SCANA customers for this failed project, which I was proud to support. The public should not have to pay for a project they had no say in approving and which will never be completed, especially since Federal investigations of SCANA are underway. There are concerns that SCANA will file suit if this vital bill passes the Senate and receives the Governor’s approval. In the event a lawsuit is filed, House legal staff has planned ahead, doing extensive work to review this legislation. We are prepared to fight in court because we believe our first duty is to protect rate payers from further harm.

We are just getting started with this year’s session and there is still much to do. I look forward to the work ahead and will keep updated with what we’re doing. Thank you for the chance to serve. If I can be of assistance, please reach out to me anytime at

Thank you,

Brandon Newton


Indian Land Action Council Meeting

February 15, 2018 

7 PM at the Del Web Library, 7641 Charlotte Hwy.

The speaker will be Jamie Gilbert, Lancaster County Economic Council Director. Indian Land County Council members, Planning Commissioners, and members of County Boards will bring us up to date on Lancaster County issues. Paul Slazas has volunteered to be the Nominating Committee Chairman. Please, notify him with nominations for  2018 Indian Land Action Council Board Officers – <>, 518-859-4596.

Election will be at the ILAC, March 15th meeting.


The County Fire Service was notified today that the ISO rating for the County “improved” from a rating of 6 to a rating of 4. Congratulations to all of our fire… fighters and staff that helped achieve this new rating. Because of their hard work and dedication everyone should expect to receive a lower premium on their homeowners insurance on future renewals. The new rate takes effect May 1st 2018.

Many things went into making this happen; teamwork, training, hard work and dedication as well as the Counties commitment to purchase new fire apparatus every 7 years in order to keep our fleet of fire trucks up to date. The fire service in Lancaster County is recognized throughout the State as being one of the best trained and equipped Fire Services in the State of South Carolina. When you see our fire fighters, please be sure to thank them for their fantastic work!

Chief Greg Nicholson – Pleasant Valley Fire Dept.<>;

Chief Tom Pickard – Indian Land Fire Dept. <>;


The Indian Land Action Council Meeting on Thursday, January 19, 2018 has been cancelled due to the weather. The next meeting will be on February 15, 2018.


Indian Land Action Council Meeting – January 18, 2018

7 pm, at the Del Webb Library, 7641 Charlotte Highway. The speakers will be Dr. Jonathan Phipps, Lancaster County Schools Superintendent and Bryan Vaughn, Lancaster County School Safety Director. Indian Land County Council members, Planning Commissioners and members of County Boards will bring us up to date on County issues. The meeting is open to the public. Any questions contact ILAC, President, Jane Tanner,, 803-547-9597.


Lancaster News – Devastating fallout for town

If IL incorporates, Lancaster, Kershaw and Heath Springs will pay

By Reece Murphy Sunday, December 10, 2017 at 2:00 am (Updated: December 10, 2:00 am) 

If you live in Lancaster, Heath Springs or Kershaw and think you don’t have a dog in the Panhandle incorporation fight, you are mistaken.
Incorporation by Indian Land would directly affect taxpayers in the county’s other towns because the new municipality would be far more populous and would suck up a large majority of Local Option Sales Tax revenue.
Raised through a local 1-cent sales tax, LOST money is used to provide tax relief for local homeowners through property-tax credits.
If Indian Land incorporates, Lancaster homeowners stand to lose more than $1.5 million in LOST credits on their property-tax bills. Kershaw taxpayers would lose an estimated $352,000 in tax relief, while the town of Heath Springs, which has no property tax, could take a $155,000 hit to its general fund.
The three towns split $2.8 million in LOST money last year. If Indian Land had been incorporated then, it would have gobbled up $2 million of that.
“When you’ve got a finite pot of money, if they incorporate, it’s going to be ‘Katie bar the door’ from a budgetary standpoint,” Lancaster Mayor Howard said of the situation.
The countywide financial impact of the proposed incorporation was one of the takeaways from a public forum Nov. 30 sponsored by the Indian Land Action Council. Jeff Shacker, field services manager for the S.C. Municipal Association, discussed incorporation law and took questions from the audience.

How LOST works
Lancaster County currently has two 1-cent local-option taxes, both approved by referendum. The other is the county’s Capital Project Sales Tax.
Shacker said the city of Lancaster’s share of the county LOST money would fall by as much as 55 percent should Indian Land incorporate. (The new town of Van Wyck would take only $33,000 out of the LOST pie, because of its tiny population.)
“These are really important sources of revenue for cities and counties,” Shacker said. “The purpose of the Local Option Sales Tax, which only voters can approve, is largely to provide (property) tax relief.
“So, what’s going to happen with the property tax credit fund if Indian Land were to be incorporated? It’s not going to impact the amount Lancaster County is going to provide in the form of a credit on your (county) property taxes,” he said. “What it is going to impact is the amount of credit for the municipal population in the county.”
LOST revenue is generated by a 1-cent sales tax that is collected by businesses and sent to the state Department of Revenue, which Shacker said keeps 1 percent of that money as an administrative fee.
The money is then split between two funds, with 71 percent going to a “property tax credit fund” and the remaining 29 percent to a “county municipal revenue fund.”
The state writes Lancaster County and its municipalities two checks a month, one from each fund.
The county municipal revenue fund is divided between the county and its municipal governments based on population and the number of points of sale each has. The money is unrestricted and goes into the governments’ general funds for use as they see fit.
Revenue from the property tax credit fund, often called “local-option rollback money,” provides tax relief for taxpayers in the form of credits on their property-tax bills. If a municipality, such as Heath Springs, has no property tax, the money can be used as unrestricted general fund revenue.
Lancaster County gets two-thirds of the local-option rollback money off the top, since its taxpaying population includes all property owners in the county, municipal and rural.

Officials preparing
The Indian Land incorporation’s impact on the municipalities involves the way the remaining 33 percent of the LOST rollback money is divided – according to population.
With an estimated 30,000 to 35,000 residents in the proposed Indian Land incorporation area, a city of Indian land would have nearly three times the population of Lancaster, currently the county’s largest recipient of municipal LOST money.
“You’ve basically got the same size pie, but it’s going to be divided in a different way,” Shacker said.
Lancaster City Manager Flip Hutfles said he and other city officials have been contemplating the potential financial hit for some time now.
Hutfles worked up some figures on the potential loss this week, using last year’s total municipal share of LOST funding, $2.8 million, and a conservatively estimated Indian Land population of 30,000.
Though the figures are not exact, they illustrate the potential hit Lancaster and the other municipalities could take.
Hutfles said Lancaster’s share of the municipal population is currently about 75 percent. If Indian land incorporates, the city’s share of the total municipal population in the county would fall to 21 percent.
The resulting change would drop the city’s share of LOST funding from $2.1 million to $603,000, a $1.5 million decrease in revenue, all of it earmarked for residential property-tax credits.
Currently, Hutfles said, the LOST tax credit on a $150,000 house is about $675, but would be reduced by about half, leaving the Lancaster homeowner owing about $338 more in property tax.
“The big picture – what’s probably going to happen, what will happen because we’re receiving less money – is there’s going to be a reduction in the tax-credit factor,” Hutfles said, “which means the city’s property owners are going to have a higher property-tax bill.

‘Terribly unfair’
Mayor Howard said the loss of so much LOST funding would be an incredible tax hit to the city’s residents.
He said the spiraling and interconnected financial burdens for the city and its taxpayers over the past decade resulting from the departure of Springs Industries, combined with the difficulties expected with the upcoming shuttering of Duracell, makes it seem as if the bad news is never-ending.
“And here we are trying to make a turnaround in the central business district,” Howard said. “My job and responsibility is to protect the citizens of the city of Lancaster, and this is something that would be terribly unfair. We’ve taken enough hits already.”
According to Hutfles’ tabulations, Kershaw’s share of the county’s municipal population is currently about 17.5 percent. The population percentage would fall to about 5 percent with Indian Land’s incorporation, dropping the town’s estimated LOST funding from $494,000 to about $142,000.
Kershaw Mayor Mark Dorman and Town Manager Mitch Lucas said they too have been thinking about the potential impact.
“It’s going to affect us tremendously,” Dorman said. “The big question right now is, are they going to incorporate?
“Either they do or they don’t. We really don’t have any control over it,” he said. “It they do, people have to make adjustments accordingly.”

‘Hope and pray’
The town of Heath Springs would suffer proportionally the most from the loss since, according to Town Manager Tony Starnes, LOST money is the town’s single largest revenue source.
Heath Spring, with about 7.7 percent of the municipal population now, would amount to only 2.2 percent with Indian Land incorporation, dragging its LOST funding down from $218,000 to about $63,000.
The reduction of $155,000 represents 45 percent of the town’s budget.
“That’s how we run the town,” said longtime Heath Springs Town Council member and Mayor-elect Eddie Moore.
Moore said without the LOST funding, the town would have to cut back on services, no easy task when it comes to essentials like garbage, water and sewer.
The only other response, he said, would be to somehow find another revenue source.
“I hope and pray they don’t become a city,” Moore said of Indian Land. “Lancaster is big. Indian Land is bigger than that. So this just means the small towns like Kershaw and Heath Springs are the ones that are really going to be hurting.
“We’re part of the county too,” he said. “We’re the little dog in the fight.”

Contact reporter Reece Murphy at (803) 283-1151 or follow on Twitter @ReeceTLN.


2018 Legislative Preview 

It’s hard to believe that 2017 is almost over and all of the busyness of the holidays are upon us. The end of 2017 also means the General Assembly will be back in session starting in January. Although this year’s session covered a lot of ground, it’s likely that the coming year’s session will come with big challenges.

V. C. Summer Nuclear Plant   
Early on, legislators will need to tackle the abandonment of the VC Summer nuclear power plant in Fairfield County, a joint venture between two electric companies: SCANA and Santee-Cooper. Luckily for us this plant was not responsible for our part of the state as we get our power from Duke Energy and local electric cooperatives. Where this becomes a problem is that many residents of South Carolina in the coastal and Midlands regions have been paying almost 20% of their current electrical bill to finance this project. Making it worse is that SCANA has indicated they plan on requesting state regulators approve an additional rate increase to continue recouping the cost. Another concern is that Santee Cooper, who was a minority project partner, is a public utility providing power to many rural areas and several electric cooperatives.
We plan on addressing these problems in multiple steps. Legislative bills have already been filed that would reverse the previous rate increases and stop SCANA from asking for additional rate increases for its customers, leading to a reduction of energy rates for SCANA customers. Other bills would remove and replace all of the Santee-Cooper board members as well as all the members of the state’s Public Service Commission, which approved the SCANA rate increases. Some legislators believed the current appointees failed in their roles to provide proper oversight and management. Going forward, legislators are seeking to increase the qualifications to be appointed both boards and require much stricter state scrutiny over projects as well as rate increase requests.
The more contentious part of this debate will center on the Governor’s idea to sell Santee-Cooper. This is a state-owned utility which does not have stockholders who can eat the cost – just taxpayers and customers. Given the scope of this failure, I believe it is better to let the private sector run things instead of the public sector and support selling Santee-Cooper to a private company if the right opportunity should come along. I am going to look at any deal the governor brings us and if I feel that there is an offer which presents a good deal for the taxpayers, I will support it.

Pension Reform Part 2
Flying under the radar this offseason has been the second half of state pension reform. While legislators passed a fix for the current system this year that keeps the plan solvent for the next couple of decades, what was passed was temporary in nature and is not the end of these reform efforts. In January, we will debate creating a new plan for new employees as continuing with the current path would require either another increase in the employer contribution which would likely require a tax increase by all layers, an increase in the employee contribution (which is already one of the highest in the nation) leading to a pay cut for state and local government workers – or both. Not addressing these problems is not an option – the General Assembly must act.
The joint legislative committee on pension reform will report out suggestions when we go back into session in January. One option is a 401k-style defined contribution plan, similar to what many private sector employers use. Pensions, also known as defined benefit plans, simply don’t work anymore as they rarely ever make their required return to stay solvent or can suffer huge losses like ours did in the economic crash of 2008. Even offering a large match of 6-9 percent of employee contributions, which is way above the private sector average, would still save the tax payers money in the long run and would empower public employees to control their money instead of the retirement commission which lost billions of their dollars.
None of what is being talked about affect anyone currently in the system as either a retiree or someone who is starting work tomorrow with the state pension plan. As legislators we intend to keep the promises we made the employees of South Carolina, these changes will only change the system going forward for new employees when passed.

Across the state, as well as locally to Lancaster and York Counties, opioid abuse has taken a painful toll, including a huge spike in deaths in Lancaster County. A special committee studying opioid abuse chaired by Representative Eric Bedingfield, who lost a son to opioid addiction, traveled the state this summer and fall taking public testimony. While I was not part of this committee, I’ve shared my concerns with Bedingfield and other committee members.
The committee plans to report out of their committee many new ideas how to combat this issue. Expected proposals will include new education for our medical schools for prescribing physicians as well as criminal justice reform to make the penalties stiffer for people who are caught selling the drug while looking at alternative sentencing and treatment programs for addicts to steer them towards recovery instead of further overloading our prisons. I look forward to seeing all of their recommendations and will keep you posted on the committee’s progress.

I want to thank each of you for the chance to serve you in Columbia. As I go into my second year on the job I look forward to tackling the problems facing South Carolina and District 45. And I want to thank you for all of the encouragement and support. If you have issues you would like to talk about please feel free to reach out to me by email at  or contacting my office in Columbia at (803) 212-6874.

Thank you,
Brandon Newton


Town of Indian Land Forum, Tuesday, November 28th, 2017

7 pm, Cross Ridge Auditorium, 3000 World Reach Dr. Indian Land, SC

Speaker will be, Jeff Shacker, Field Services Manager at Municipal Association of South Carolina

Jeff Shacker, Field Services Manager at Municipal Association of South Carolina, will provide a brief description of factual information about the incorporation process with a focus on the upcoming Indian Land incorporation election. In addition to the question of whether or not that residents want to form municipality, voters will be asked six questions that if the incorporation is approved, will have a significant impact on how the resulting city or town operates, how elected officials are chosen and what the town will be called. He will also be glad to answer questions about municipal government in South Carolina. This meeting is open to the public.


A Lancaster County is looking to open a 2,200 sq. ft. space at The Commons at Doby’s Bridge as a possible site for satellite county government offices in the Indian Land. The county’’s new storm-water department will be permanently housed there. Various county departments could use space on different days of the week. It will be discussed about moving the building and zoning departments to Indian Land. It is a ready to go office.


Looking ahead to 2018

Last year, two key issues were among those taking precedent over HOA bills, but we have a spark of hope that 2018 will yield better results for all homeowners seeking relief from developer-controlled HOAsChange The Board recently received a statement from Senator Greg Gregory, who says, I can speak to the Judiciary Committee toward the end of this year about the bills to see if we can move them in January. The two bills he referred to are 3886 and 106.

2017 bills

Several bills were submitted to the legislature last year, but only Bill 3886 prevailed to a point. It passed the House and the Senate Judiciary Committee and then quickly stalled. Among the features that bill would have provided were a state ombudsman to collect and report complaints against HOAs, relief in [the less expensive] magistrate court for claims not exceeding $7,500, and optional training in HOA requirements and responsibilities. Click here to read Bill 3886.

The bill supported by CTB, Bill 106, fizzled and went nowhere. That bill would have required phasing elected homeowners onto the Board of Directors in lagging proportion to the percentage of homes sold and closed. Click here to read Bill 106

We’ll keep you informed

We need our legislator’s help with any HOA bills submitted to the House and Senate.

When new HOA bills are submitted, CTB will send you a reminder to ask your legislators or their support. We will keep you informed.

Let us hope lawmakers will submit more HOA bills in the coming session of the legislature!


Up Coming Indian Land Action Council Meetings

The speakers for Indian Land Action Council, September 21, 2017 meeting will be Pleasant Valley Fire District Chief, Greg Nicholson. He will discuss the raise in the Fire District Tax to $90 from $75 and what the PVFD has planned for expansion. Terry Graham, District 1 Councilman, will be introducing appointees from his district, to the Zoning Appeal Commission and Library Board.

The Speaker for October 19, 2017 meeting will be Indian Land Fire District Chief Tom Pickard. He will be discussing the impact the raise in Fire District Tax will have on the ILFD. ILAC Signage Committee will be presenting new Welcome To Indian Land signs.


New Indian Land Post Office 

To give comments or enter site proposals regarding the new Indian Land Post Office contact: Michael Bullard at 336-544-3828 or 366-430-4937; email; or mail to Michael K. Bullard at U.S. Postal Service Headquarters Facility, P.O. 27497, Greensboro, NC. 27498


Update on Monday’s, Lancaster County Council Storm-water District Vote

Council voted 4 to 3 to defer tonight’s third reading until the September 11th meeting. We received a revised ordinance tonight as well as a revised budget. Since we received it at the start of the meeting, it did not allow Council members time to review the changes. The motion to defer was made to allow all Council members a chance to review the revised documentation. From District 7, Councilman Brian Carnes


Lidl Store Is Opening Soon

The highly anticipated arrival of Lidl in the Charlotte area is near.

The German grocer on Wednesday morning announced the opening dates of its first stores in the area: Supermarkets in Shelby and Indian Land will open Sept. 21st, and its stores in Gastonia and Rock Hill will open Sept. 28th.

Lidl said in a statement that it will offer a slew of grand opening special offers at the new stores. The first 100 customers at each store, for instance, will receive a wooden coin for a chance to win up to $100 in Lidl gift cards. Lidl will also be giving away free samples and reusable shopping bags while supplies last.

The German grocer Lidl opened its tenth North Carolina store Thursday in Thomasville, about 70 miles northeast of Charlotte. With several other locations under construction nearby, readers keep asking: When will Lidl finally open in Charlotte?

The grocer, which boasts low prices similar to Aldi’s, is wrapping up construction on stores in Rock Hill, Indian Land and Gastonia – all locations that should open within a few months. When I asked Lidl again Thursday about the openings, the grocer didn’t offer any specifics.

Lidl also won’t say why construction seems to have halted completely on a South Boulevard site. Records show Lidl bought the property at 3229 South Blvd. for $4.9 million in January 2016.

A colleague recently described the look of Lidl stores as “artistic airport hangars.” They’re about 20,000 square-feet, about half the size of a typical supermarket like Harris Teeter. The stores are no-frills: Lidl’s have just six aisles, and a more limited selection of groceries than you’d find at a traditional supermarket. Most are private-label brand, which means they’re made just for Lidl and are much cheaper than national brand items. Lidl says its prices are up to 50 percent lower than those at other traditional grocery stores.

Lidl also boasts an extensive, sommelier-curated wine selection with about 125 different varieties, ranging in price from $2.69-$27.99. The grocer has said the goal is to provide a broad palette of wines to choose from, organized in such a way that “lay drinkers” can navigate. Lidl says it plans to have 100 U.S. stores open within a year. Elsewhere in North Carolina, the grocer has stores in Kinston, Greenville, Wilson, Sanford, Rocky Mount, Winston-Salem, Wake Forest, Rockingham and Thomasville.


USPS New Retail and Delivery Services Facility Project in Indian Land

The United States Postal Service is considering adding a post office facility and delivery services in Indian Land. The Postal Service has identified a site for the potential new location.

The Postal Service wishes to work closely with the Indian Land Community and will present the proposed project at the York Technical College, Thursday,               August 31, 2017 at 6:30 pm.

Location of meeting; Indian Land York Technical Center – College Room 102,     1245 Rosemont Dr, Indian Land, off of Hwy 160.

They will discuss; (1) reasons for addition (2) identify site (3) describe site and retail services (4) outline anticipated construction timelines.


Congratulations to the NEW Town of Van Wyck.

Your hard work paid off and we commend you for your accomplishment. We wish you well on setting up Van Wyck’s new government.


Another $75.00 fee/tax for Indian Land

Scott Edgar, the newly hired County Engineer will speak to Indian Land Action Council, August 17th, 7 p.m. at the Del Webb Library located at 7641 Charlotte Highway (Hwy 521). The Lancaster County Council will have second reading on tax ordinance, Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) on August 14th. This tax money will go to support an Engineer and approximately 4 staff members to over see the Panhandle’s storm-water.

Before you decide your reaction to this $75 tax, I would like you to look in your community to see where your storm-water is going. If the water is going into your detention pond system, your HOA dues are going toward maintaining these detention ponds. This is not sewer tax and does not have anything to do with the LCWSD.

Please, come to the Indian Land Action Council meeting on Thursday, August 17th and ask, Mr. Edgar, questions before you blindly except an additional tax just because Lancaster taxes are still lower than “where I came from”. Bring your neighbors and friends.

See you there                                                                                                                 Jane Tanner, President                                                                                                      Indian Land Action Council


Lancaster County Council Meeting  July 17, 2017

Good afternoon:

The Lancaster County Council will meet on Monday, July 17, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers at the County Administration Building at 101 North Main Street, Lancaster, SC 29720.

The agenda is posted in the lobby of the County Administration Building and on our website. Please copy and paste the link below to view the agenda:

Thank you and have a good day

Sherrie M. Simpson | Clerk to Council | Administration


2017 South Carolina Legislative Summary

Roads: SCDOT Funding and Restructuring
After years of inaction, the General Assembly passed a roads bill that reforms both the DOT and the State Infrastructure Bank (SIB), as well as provides a major increase in funding to address long-overdue maintenance needs. The Governor now has the authority – and responsibility – to appoint, oversee and – when necessary – fire the 9 SCDOT Commissioners.
With this reform legislation comes new recurring revenue coming from a 12 cents increase in the gas tax over six years, a fee on out of state truckers, a new fee on newly registered cars for people who move here modeled after North Carolina, and a fee on hybrids who do not pay the gas tax. Thirty percent of the new money will be paid by out of state drivers – and likely an even higher percentage at many of the gas stations near the state line – instead of what we have been doing: funding roads in part by borrowing money and using income tax from South Carolina residents.
I supported this bill because it is long overdue and should have been addressed years ago. I also was a supporter of two other bills that address highway funding and safety: Work Zone safety and Mopeds, which I will discuss later.

Government Restructuring: State Education Superintendent
The House passed – and sent to the Senate – legislation which would allow voters to vote on an amendment to the state Constitution which would allow future Governors to appoint the State Superintendent of Education. If the bill is passed, it would still have to go up for a statewide referendum in November of 2018.
I supported this bill because I believe that for a Governor to properly run the executive branch, you must allow them to choose those who run every major state agency.

USC-Lancaster Funding
During my campaign last year, I promised to fight for fairer state funding for USC Lancaster. South Carolina does not fund our college on a per-pupil basis, which has led to USC Lancaster coming in last in funding per student for any public college in the state. This year, USC Lancaster received an increase of $180,000 in recurring dollars to its budget. This increase will continue to slowly close the gap between us and other colleges. Until the state sets up a fairer system, I will always fight for more funding for our local University. A student in Lancaster is not worth less than a student in Sumter or Columbia.

HOA Reform
South Carolina is way behind in having rules that govern Home Owners Associations, which has led to abuses by some developers. I was proud to join representatives from Horry County in pushing for South Carolina’s first laws which address how HOAs are governed. This legislation would require HOAs to disclose financial documents to their residents and other transparency issues. This bill passed the House and awaits a vote in the Senate.

Work Zone Safety 
I was a co-sponsor of House Bill 4033, a comprehensive work zone safety law which recently passed. This law will provide tougher penalties for dangerous driving in work zones and dedicate funds from the penalties to paying for law enforcement. As these patrols are currently paid for by money taken from construction, the law will steer millions back into paving roads. As studies show two-thirds of those who are hurt or killed in work zone wrecks are motorists, this bill will save lives while increasing funds for construction – truly a conservative “win-win-win” for drivers, workers and taxpayers.

Tackling the Opioid Epidemic
One of the largest problems currently facing our nation and our youth is the rise in opioid abuse. As I have seen too many friends and classmates from high school and college get hooked and ruin their lives, I was proud to co-sponsor two bills which became law this year regarding this growing problem. The first law requires that physicians look at a patient’s controlled substance prescription history before prescribing opioids. This will help cut down on what is termed “doctor shopping”, where people secretly go to several doctors to get more than one doctor is allowed to prescribe. The second law will allow pharmacies to take part in the controlled substances take-back events that many law enforcement agencies currently operate. This will reduce the ability of addicts to take leftover medications from others by increasing the amount of places that will take these old or unneeded pills.
The two new laws are a step in the right direction – but more work needs to be done. To lead these efforts, a special House Committee has been set up over the summer to find ways to tackle this crisis in South Carolina.  The committee will be led by my friend Representative Eric Bedingfield, who lost a child to addiction.

Moped Safety
Mopeds have long been an issue. Many of those who operate them do so dangerously, creating traffic congestion and becoming hazards. Many operating them do so because they lost their driver licenses and continue to drive with the same level of reckless disregard. House Bill 3247, which I supported, puts new rules on moped drivers, including making it illegal – for the first time – to operate a moped while drunk. A special moped license will now be required, which can be suspended for dangerous or drunk driving. The new law also requires registration and license plates and those riding – either drivers or passengers – must wear helmets if under the age of 21.

No legislative session is ever perfect, but this year big problems were finally addressed instead of pushed off to next year. This year has been a busy one and I have enjoyed representing you. If you have any issues you need to discuss or questions about state government, please contact me at

Thank you,

Brandon Newton


Health and Safety Alert !

The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office would like to alert everyone to two new forms of Fentanyl analogues, acrylfentanyl and tetrahydrofuran fentanyl. Both synthetic opioids have not previously been identified. They both can be absorbed through the skin and are considered highly dangerous. 

Multiple reports in other states indicated that the opioid reversal drug, naloxone aka narcan, may not be effective if someone overdosed after ingesting acrylfentanyl. Residue from these chemicals could be left on surfaces in hotel rooms, so don’t rent cheap rooms in bad areas and ensure rooms have been thoroughly cleaned before allowing family members, especially children entry into the room. 


Indian Land Action Council Up Coming Meetings:

June 15th the speaker will be Brandon Newton, S.C. State House Representative for District 45. He will bring us up to date on State news from Columbia.

July 20th the speakers will be the members of the Storm-water Advisory Committee. This group was established to educate residents about the Storm-water/MS4 and to explain the new Engineering/Storm-water department, which will be from the proposed additional property tax.

August 17th the speakers will be Scott Edgar, the new Engineering/Storm-water Manager and John Gant, the consultant on the new Storm-water/MS4 project.

Location of meetings – 7 PM at the Del Web Library, 7641 Charlotte Hwy.

For more information go to or contact President,           Jane Tanner, 803-547-9597 or


The Final Roads Bill: What’s in it and My Thoughts

After several months of work in the General Assembly, both the House and Senate have worked out a single highway funding and governance bill. In the next few days, this bill will be voted upon by both chambers and sent to the Governor. Given the concerns many have raised about this issue, I felt it urgent to give you an overview of this legislation, as well as my thoughts on the bill.

DOT Reform and Governance
This legislation would allow the Governor to appoint all the members to the SC Department of Transportation (SCDOT) Commission, subject to legislative confirmation. Seven commissioners will come from each congressional district along with two at-large members picked from anywhere in South Carolina. The Governor will have the power to remove commissioners at any time, meaning the Governor will be primarily responsible for running the Department of Transportation and voters will know who to hold responsible.
In my opinion, the most important reform is the reigning in of the State Infrastructure Bank. For too long, this independent agency has operated outside of the control of SCDOT, approving tens and hundreds of millions of dollars on projects which were not justified under the project prioritization plan mandated several years ago, but which had active political backers. Now the SCDOT Commission will be able to stop wasteful and unnecessary projects, ending the use of the Infrastructure Bank as a political funding “bypass”.

New Funding for Roads
The bill provides for $640 million dollars more a year in dedicated recurring revenue for our crumbling roads system. We get to this number through these sources:

  • A 12-cent increase in the gas tax. This means a two cent increase a year for six years to ease it into the taxpayers and to help give SCDOT time get ready for the additional workload.
  • A new fee for Hybrid cars which use our roads like all other cars, but pay little or no gas taxes, which are the primary means of funding roads. While it’s commendable that people are embracing green technology, they need to pay their fair share.
  • Establishes a road use fee for out of state truckers who damage our roads but do not pay their fair share in repair and maintain them.
  • Raises the cap on motor vehicle sales tax from $300 to $500.
  • Creates a $250 fee for people who move from out of state and register their car here for the first time. This fee is modeled after a fee charged by North Carolina.

All the new money will go into two pots. Some will go back to the County Transportation Committees, which are made up of locally-appointed officials who spend it on state and county roads which we travel every day. The larger share of this funding will go into an Infrastructure Maintenance Trust Fund which cannot be used for anything other than maintaining our current roads, helping us address many long-underfunded needs.

Tax Relief

            To get the required votes for this bill in the Senate, tax cuts and reforms were included in this bill. Here are the changes which legislators will be voting for as part of this legislation:

  • A refundable tax credit for state taxpayers equal to the increase in the gas tax, meaning much of the gas tax increase is paid for by out-of-state drivers (a problem we see much of here in Lancaster County).
  • Enhancing the College Tuition Tax Credit for all South Carolina tuition payers.
  • Increasing the maximum income tax credit from $210 to $350 for dual income household joint filers.
  • Reduces the property tax burden upon manufacturers, who are a growing portion of Lancaster County employers, by providing $35 million in tax relief, using a phased-in approach over 6 years.

My Thoughts
During my campaign, I said seeing real roads legislation enacted would be my number one focus. As this proposal offers to fix our roads with dedicated revenue and fixes long-standing concerns about SCDOT and the Infrastructure Bank while avoiding the trap of going into debt, I will be voting for this bill to send it to the Governor’s desk. While the Governor initially threatened to veto the original legislation, I hope he will decide the time has come to move forward and sign this bill.
As this session closes, I want to take this time to again to say thank you for allowing me to represent you in Columbia. I plan on writing another one or two additional reports to wrap up the session once the budget is complete and gubernatorial vetoes are considered.

Thank you,
Brandon Newton

If you ever have a question or need to contact me please email me at


On July 1, 2017, an “at-large” seat will become available on the Lancaster County Library Board. It would be nice to have the seat filled by a resident of Indian Land, who is willing to be an “active” member of the Board; ie. willing to attend monthly meetings, both called and regular, work on at least one committee, and strive to represent all of the residents of Lancaster County.

Any resident who would consider the position can receive contact information on the Lancaster County Library –

Residents wishing to apply for the position should contact either Councilman Terry Graham ( or Councilman Brian Carnes (


Superintendent Candidates For Lancaster County School Board

Below are the dates for the Community to meet the Lancaster County School final three Superintendent candidates at USC – Bundy Auditorium.

Schedule for the community visits:

  • Monday, May 1st – Dr. Jonathan Phipp
  • Thursday, May 11th – Dr. Carlotta Redish
  • Monday, May 15th – Dr. Matrell Sturkey

4:30-6:00 p.m. – Drop-in for community to meet each finalists

6:00-6:30 p.m. – Question/answer period for each finalist with community panel composed of 7 individual


Read the sign, It’s Indian Land!

Come on, what’s with these people? Read the sign.
Every time I get a phone call, read the wrong address or hear someone claiming to live or that their business is located in Fort Mill, when the locals know the truth.
But I get my mail from Fort Mill. So? Guess What?

The U.S. Postal Service has identified the area of Indian Land with its own ZIP code, 29707. And I know, if you go to the USPS website, it will list 29707 as Fort Mill and then Indian Land. That is because the USPS identifies the delivering post office location first and additional communities second, which allows you to use either name. For example if you live or your business is located in the 29707 zip code you can list your address as either Indian Land or Fort Mill. Its the same way for the Tega Cay, folks. I know you can write it either way, but I’m telling you – and any local as proud of Lancaster County as I am, will tell you – it’s Indian Land. So, the next time someone asks you if you live in Fort Mill, say “What’s wrong with you people? Read the sign. It’s Indian Land.”

Written By: Dean Faile – CEO/President of the Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce



Incorporating Indian Land and Van Wyck Meeting

A public meeting and discussion with residents

Tuesday, May 9th @ 6:30pm 

Transformation Church, Indian Land, SC


Good Bills for District 45 Move Forward

As we get closer to the end of session I am glad to report that legislation affecting district 45 has begun to move through the legislature. I wanted to give you an update on these three issues: Home Owners Association Reform, Funding for USC Lancaster, and public education funding.

HOA Reform
South Carolina for many years now has lacked proper laws governing how HOAs are governed and administered. As new housing developments have popped up all over the state, including in parts of Lancaster and York Counties which are in my House District, there have been many horror stories of developers not being transparent with financial information and leaving homeowners in rough situations upon turning over the neighborhood to the homeowners upon completion.

I was proud to co-sponsor House Bill 3886 which will require HOAs to operate with added transparency, accountability and fairness. The bill has five main parts, which are best summarized by Representative Heather Crawford from Horry County, who was the main sponsor:

1) Recording of HOA documents

This bill requires that HOA governing documents must be recorded with a county’s Clerk of Court – or Register of Deeds office (some counties have separate ROD offices) to be enforceable. This solves the problem of access to the documents because homeowners, buyers, and sellers will now all have access to these documents, especially since most counties make them available online.

2) Magistrates Court

This bill would clarify that homeowners and homeowners’ associations can resolve financial disputes up to $7,500 in magistrate court, allowing a homeowner the ability to resolve certain disputes through the magistrate court without having to pay expensive legal fees.

3) Ombudsman Office

This bill would create an Ombudsman’s Office within the Department of Consumer Affairs to serve as a consumer advocate. The Ombudsman would be tasked with serving as a resource to homeowners and HOAs regarding rights and duties of each and with helping to resolve disputes between homeowners and homeowners associations in an attempt to avoid litigation, where it is agreed to by both parties. The Ombudsman would also provide an annual report to the General Assembly concerning the number and types of complaints, helping us to identify the consistent problems and possible future solutions.

4) Notice prior to increasing annual budgets

This bill would require HOAs to provide notice to homeowners prior to holding a meeting that would increase the HOA’s operational budget. Notice would mean posting a flyer in a common area, on the HOA website, through an email distribution list, on a HOA Facebook page, etc. Everyone has the right to know when there will be a meeting that may increase the dues they are mandated to pay.

5) Notice on property disclosure statement

This bill adds a section on the current property disclosure statement for the sale of real estate in SC, requiring the seller to indicate if the property is subject to an HOA. This would give a potential buyer notice that the property is subject to an HOA and could direct them to the Register of Deeds/Clerk of Court office in that county in order to view those documents.

This bill passed the House and has now been sent to the Senate.

USC Lancaster
As I said during my campaign, I fully support USC-Lancaster and will continue to fight for fairer funding for our local university. USC-L on a per-pupil funding ranks near the bottom in the state. Over the past couple of years, this funding gap has begun to drop thanks to efforts by our local delegation.
One of USCL’s greatest needs is capital improvements. The South Carolina State House will debate a piece of legislation called a bond bill on the floor the week of April 4th-6th which will provide for much needed improvements in many state and university buildings. I am glad to report the USC-L, under the proposed legislation, would receive $750,000 to make improvements in the Gregory Health and Wellness center which is the campuses greatest capital need.
I fully support this long-overdue legislation. By delaying this process, as it has happened under former administrations, we have allowed buildings to fall into further disrepair which will end up costing taxpayers more to fix in the long run. This is not financially smart, which is why I plan on supporting this legislation and helping it pass the House, which I anticipate it will by the 6th of April. Once it passes the House, it will be sent over to the Senate.

Public School funding and School Choice
In the budget which the House of Representatives passed a couple of weeks ago, we increased the base student cost by $50. This will increase our per pupil cost to $2,400 per student. On a statewide level, this is an increase of $38 million dollars from the year before into our state’s public education system. This money is greatly needed in some of our most deprived areas as well as some of our fastest growing districts like Lancaster County and Fort Mill.
Representatives Raye Felder of Fort Mill and I, along with many others, have signed on to support legislation that would give the fastest growing districts in our state, including Lancaster and Fort Mill, the ability to ask taxpayers for more operating money. This would allow school districts to ask voters to approve tax increases for additional funding needs, putting local communities and voters in charge of setting funding and spending priorities for their school districts.
Another bill in the House proposes to make one of South Carolina’s first school choice programs permanent.  The South Carolina’s Educational Credits for Exceptional Needs Children (ECENC) program helps students with special needs attend state-credentialed independent schools. Parents can choose either tuition tax credits or scholarships funded by Exceptional SC, which relies on tax-credited donations from individuals and corporations.
This is a great example of how school choice can work right alongside our public education system and I fully support this effort.

Closing Weeks
This year’s session of the General Assembly is headed into its final weeks. With the House having sent the budget to the Senate for their consideration, along with other legislation, much of our work will now focus on considering legislation which originated in the Senate, with the goal of getting legislation passed by both houses in time to send to Governor McMaster for consideration. We will also be waiting to see the final outcome of the budget process in the Senate, ready to work out compromises between the House and Senate versions of the state budget before then sending the budget to the Governor’s desk.
As always thank you for allowing me to serve you in Columbia. I greatly appreciate all the support I’ve received from so many of you. If you ever have a question or need to contact me please email me at
Brandon Newton


ILAC Secretary and Member on the “Price Is Right”!

“It was so surreal!” Be sure and tune in to the Price Is Right, Tuesday, April 4th at         11:00 am. Our ILAC member, Paul Slazas was called to “come on down” by Drew Carey.   I am excited to see if they are winners.  Paul and Lorrain, his wife, ILAC Secretary, have kept a big secret.  Click here to see their picture, Lorraine center and Paul on the right in photo. Don’t miss the excitement, watch for bright red shirts. Go Paul !!


South Carolina Compassionate Care Act (Marijuana Bill)

Please send your comments and concerns about this bill to the Sponsors and Local Delegates listed below.

Here are some of the Sponsors:

Rep. Shannon S. Erickson 

  • Republican – Beaufort County
  • Columbia Address
  • 320C Blatt Bldg.
  • Columbia 29201
  • Business Phone: (803) 734-3261

Rep. Mandy Powers-Norrell 

  • District 44 – Lancaster County
  • Columbia Address 
  • 422B Blatt Bldg. Columbia 29201
  • Business Phone (803) 212-6937
  • Home Address 
  • P.O. Box 994 Lancaster 29721
  • Home Phone (803) 289-6409
  • Business Phone (803) 289-1800

Rep. Peter M. McCoy Jr.

  •  Republican – Charleston
  • District 115 – Charleston County
  • Columbia Address 
  • 420D Blatt Bldg. Columbia 29201 Business Phone (803) 212-6872
  • Home Address 
  • 135 King St. Charleston 29401 Home Phone (843) 452-4722
  • Business Phone (843) 628-2855

Rep. Steven Long 

  •  Republican – Spartanburg
  • District 37 – Spartanburg County
  • Columbia Address 
  • 304A Blatt Bldg. Columbia 29201 Business Phone: (803) 212-6878
  • Home Address 
  • P.O. Box 161944 Boiling Springs 29316

Rep. Bill Herbkersman 

  • Republican – Beaufort
  • District 118 – Beaufort & Jasper Counties
  • Columbia Address 
  • 308B Blatt Bldg Columbia 29201 Business Phone (803) 734-3063
  • Home Address 
  • 896 May River Rd. Bluffton 29910-5833
  • Business Phone (843) 255-2264

Senator Tom Davis 

  • Republican – Beaufort
  • District 46 – Beaufort & Jasper Counties
  • Columbia Address 
  • 404 Gressette Bldg. Columbia 29201
  • Business Phone (803) 212-6350
  • Home Address 
  • P.O. Drawer 1107 Beaufort 29901-1107
  • Business Phone (843) 252-8583

Senator Brad Hutto 

  • Democrat – Orangeburg
  • District 40 – Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Colleton, Hampton & Orangeburg Counties
  • Columbia Address 
  • 510 Gressette Bldg. Columbia 29201 Business Phone (803) 212-6140
  • Home Address 
  • P.O. Box 1084 Orangeburg 29116-1084
  • Home Phone (803) 536-1808
  • Business Phone (803) 534-5218

Senator Paul G Campbell, Jr. 

  • Republican – Berkeley
  • District 44 – Berkeley, Charleston & Dorchester Counties
  • Columbia Address 
  • 205 Gressette Bldg. Columbia 29201
  • Business Phone (803) 212-6410
  • Home Address 
  • 150 Loganberry Circle Goose Creek 29445
  • Home Phone (843) 569-0089
  • Business Phone (843) 296-1001

Local Delegation:

 • Rep. Mandy Powers Norrell, D-44

  •  P.O. Box 994 P.O.
  • Lancaster, SC 29721
  • 422D Blatt Building
  • Columbia, SC 29201
  • (803) 289-1800 (w)
  • (803) 289-1818 (fax)
  • (803) 212-6937 (Columbia)

• Rep. Brandon Newton, R-45 

  • P.O. Box 2501
  • Lancaster, SC 29721
  • 404D Blatt Building
  • Columbia, SC 29201
  • (803) 320-9615 (m)
  • (803) 212-6874 (Columbia)

• Sen. Greg Gregory, R-16 

  • P.O. Box 1381
  • Lancaster, SC 29721
  • 606 Gressette Building
  • Columbia, SC 29201
  • (803) 289-6211 (w)
  • (803) 283-4715 (h)
  • (803) 212-6024 (Columbia)
  • greggregory@sc

• Sen. Vincent A. Sheheen, D-27 

  • PO Drawer 10
  • Camden, SC 29021
  • 504 Gressette Building
  • Columbia, SC 29201
  • (803) 432-4391 (h)
  • (803) 212-6032 (Columbia)
  • (803) 734-2961 (Columbia)


Indian Land Action Council Members

Please review the Indian Land Action Council current and new By-Laws under Members Only tab on the web site. These amended By-Laws will be posted for 30 days before a vote is sent out to Members by email on April 24, 2017.


Tribute to Mr. Jack Wilt

Mr. Jack Wilt past away on Saturday, March 4, 2017. He will be sadly missed in our community. Mr. Wilt attended many ILAC meetings, County Council meetings and Van Wyck community meetings over the years. He always spoke up for the public’s right to know. “His view of attending and speaking at the meetings was very much that politics needs lots and lots of sunlight”, Tim Wilt said (Mr. Wilt’s son). “He felt that local politics were too insular and he felt that whether he agreed or disagreed with what they were doing, somebody needed to stand up and tell others, here is what they’re really doing”. We will miss Mr. Wilt’s reports at the ILAC meetings, his knowledgeable opinions and his passion for helping the community. And we will also miss is wife, Shirley at our meeting as well. Shirley will be moving to live near her sons in Baltimore.


Indian Land Action Council Meeting

March 16, 2017

7 PM at the Del Web Library, 7641 Charlotte Hwy.

The speaker will be Barry Faile, Lancaster County Sheriff. He will give us the Sheriff Department 2016 Annual Report and tell us about the impact the SC Compassionate Care Act (“legalize marijuana for medical purposes”) could have on the County Sheriffs and local police departments. Numerous other County Board and Commission members will be available for questions.

Paul Slazas, Nominating Committee Chairman will be taking nominations for election of 2017-18 ILAC Board Members.

Ken Eisel, Chairman of “Landscape Hey 521” would like volunteers for the committee.  See you there!

For additional information please contact Jane Tanner, President of ILAC 803-547-9597 –


Three Big Bills in One Week

Some say politicians never get anything done. Whoever said that missed recent events in the State House, where in just three days, the South Carolina House of Representatives tackled three major current issues facing our state: Reforming SCDOT and highway funding, fixing the state employees’ pension and retirement system and modernizing state-issued identification cards to meet higher Homeland Security standards.

For too long our state has ignored our failing infrastructure system. This has gotten drastically worse over time, causing many of our roads to fall into so much disrepair that they will require much more costly work to fix minor issues which turned into big ones due to lack of maintenance.
The bill passed by the House will allow the governor to appoint all members of the DOT Commission, with one from each Congressional district and one at-large member. Once nominated, the commissioners would go before the legislature for an up-or-down vote on their qualifications. The second and most important part of the reform is to the State Infrastructure Bank.  This body is tasked with funding large scale infrastructure projects but has been funneling money to several major projects not on SCDOT’s prioritization system. This legislation will now force the SIB to get SCDOT approval for projects to ensure our scarce highway dollars go to the most-needed projects.
The main source of our new revenue is a ten-cent gas tax increase phased in over a five-year time frame, by two cents a year. A new $250 fee will be added to people who move to South Carolina and initially register their vehicle in South Carolina. Out-of-state truckers will now pay a fee when they drive on our roads, which is similar to fees that our states truckers pay in other states. A fee will be charged for hybrid cars, which ride on our roads but pay a lot less in gas taxes.  The new funding will go into a new Highway trust fund that can only be used for road repairs. Amendments which would have directed some of the money to other things were soundly defeated, sending a clear message that this new revenue is only for fixing our roads.
I don’t like raising taxes, but lack of action by our leaders in Columbia over the past thirty years led to this problem. Now the bill is in the Senate, where                          similar efforts died each of the last three years. From here, it will be up to the Senators to either accept our plan or give us their own to consider.

State Pension Reforms
South Carolina’s state employees’ pension system is going broke due to mismanagement, even though people such as State Treasurer Curtis Loftis have long called for serious reforms. This bill passed by the House will increase the employee contribution by half of a percent but more harshly, it will require the contribution by the employer (state or local government) to increase by two percent this year and then one percent increase every year for the next four. While increased funds and serious reforms are needed to make the pension system stable, I opposed the bill. As only 38% of employees in this system work for the state, this legislation will have a wide-reaching impact upon the budgets of counties, cities, school districts and universities. Local governments who had no voice or control over the state’s mismanagement will be forced to pay for those mistakes – which will result in service cuts and/or higher local taxes. It is irresponsible for the state to have caused the problem and then solve the problem by forcing others to have to pay for the solution.

Last, but not least, we addressed South Carolina’s incompliance with the federal Real ID act, which will ensure state-issued identification meets higher security standards. Not meeting these standards would mean South Carolina residents would have to use federally-issued identification, such as passports and military ID cards, to fly or enter military bases beginning next year, creating major inconveniences for travelers and civilians working on military bases. For a number of years, former state leaders refused to resolve this issue, but the bill passed by the House will allow the DMV to begin working on offering these more secure identification cards to state residents. When the DMV has the system set up to meet the Real ID standard, I will have more information.
Coming Up: The State Budget
The State House will soon begin to turn our full focus to working on the state budget for 2017-2018. As we progress through this process, I will keep you informed. If you ever need assistance with state government, have questions or want to share any concerns, you can email me anytime at or call me at 803-320-9615. Thank you for the honor of representing you in Columbia.



 Recycling Center Set to Open

We still have some work to do, but we were able to open the Indian Land Recycling Center this morning around 11:00AM (2-6-17) and will follow the hours of all our major sites in the County for now.  We have some smaller sites that are not open as much, but this is one of our major areas so the hours will be like the others:

Monday- 8:00 AM-6:00 PM                                                                             Tuesday/Wednesday- Closed                                                                                       Thursday- 1:00 PM- 6:00 PM                                                                                          Friday- 8:00 AM- 6:00 PM                                                                                             Saturday- 8:00 AM- 6:00 PM                                                                                             Sunday- Closed

We will run this schedule this week, and the daylight savings hours starts next week so we will keep the same days, but hours change as follows:

Monday, Friday, Saturday- 9:00AM- 7:00PM                                                              Thursday- 1:00PM- 7:00 PM

Kindest regards,

Jeff Catoe | Public Services Director | Public Works                                                                P: (803) 416-9692 | F: (803) 285-3835|                                    101 North Main Street | Lancaster, SC 29720 |


Indian Land Action Council Nominating Committee

It is that time of years again.  Indian Land Action Council election of Officers. Paul Slazas has volunteered as Chairman of the Nominating Committee. He needs two (2) members whose dues are current to volunteer to help.

President – –Preside at all meetings, sign checks, present monthly agenda.                            Vice-President – In the event of the absence of the President, will exercise the office of President.                                                                                                                       Secretary – Will keep minutes  and records of organization.                                            Treasurer -– Shall have the care and custody of all monies. Make deposits sign checks, render a written account of monthly finances.                                                                  Member at Large – Attend Board meetings, participate in all planning activities and learn how Indian Land Action Council operates.                                                                             Each officer will serve a minimum term of one (1) year.

Voting:  Only members whose dues are current (all 2016 members are paid up for 2017) New members in 2017 –  $20 per year. Quorum for meeting twelve (12) active members.  Election of officers, ballots will be provided.


Road Funding per Speaker Jay Lucas

“South Carolina has the most dangerous roads in the country. Businesses and job creators continue to stress the importance of infrastructure repair as a necessity to further economic investments. For the past several years the General Assembly has allotted a significant portion of the general fund surplus to roads, but pressing needs for education, social services, and retirement deficits will require those monies this year. Our citizens have demanded that those who use our roads must be the ones to pay for repair, not just the South Carolina taxpayer. The House also understands that every dollar raised for infrastructure repair should be used solely for the intended purpose of fixing our roads and bridges, which is why additional funding will be placed in an Infrastructure Maintenance Trust Fund.
“A gradual increase to the state’s motor fuel user fee is the most responsible option to generate a long-term, sustainable funding stream for road repair.  I will not support using general fund revenue for road appropriation again. House Majority Leader Gary Simrill and Ways and Means Chairman Brian White have worked extensively on this infrastructure plan and I commend them for their efforts.  As the House roads bill moves to the floor for debate, I look forward to working with my colleagues to ensure its passage as fixing our roads is my number one priority.”
Provisions Included in the House Road Funding Bill:
· Creates an Infrastructure Maintenance Trust Fund
· Increases motor fuel user fee 10 cents/gallon over a 5 year period
· Biennial motor vehicle registration fee increase of $16
· Increases auto sales cap to $500 for South Carolina
· Capitalizes on out-of-state registered vehicles
· Creates biennial registration fees for all hybrid and electric vehicles
· Creates a motor carrier road user fee for out-to-state truckers
· Reforms governance of the SCDOT Highway Commission


Lancaster County Restaurant Health Scores

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Type in Lancaster County hit  “Go” Scroll down for list of restaurants. PDF on right side give detail report.

Indian Land Action Council  Meeting 
Thursday, February 16, 2017 @ 7 PM, Del Web Library, 7641 Charlotte Hwy.  
Speakers will be Terry Graham, new Lancaster County Council member from District 1, 
Billy Mosteller, also a new Council member from District 3 and Brian Carnes, Council member 
District 7. They will tell us what is planned for Indian Land in 2017. Numerous other County Board and Commission members will be available for questions. 
For more info., contact President, Jane Tanner- 803-547-9597 –  

Great Change in Just a Few Short Weeks

Since I was elected to the vacant House District 45 seat, the last few weeks have been busy ones, both for myself as well as the General Assembly and the state as a whole. This is the first of many updates I will be providing about what’s going on at the State House, as well as what I’m doing to represent the people of this region.
After every general election, the State House elects its officers, such as Speaker of the House, and adopts its rules for the next two years. The Speaker of the House also issues new committee assignments for members. New members, such as myself, attend training sessions and meetings to help us learn the legislative process and learn how to be more effective legislators. In addition to the official freshman orientation process, I also spent personal time traveling around the state to meet with legislators in their districts. New Governor South Carolina once again saw a peaceful transition of power when our Governor Nikki Haley was confirmed as our new United Nations ambassador and Lieutenant Governor Henry McMaster moved up to replace her. I would like to thank Governor Haley for her service to South Carolina over the past six years and wish her all the best as she represents our nation to the rest of the world.
I have great hope in our Governor Henry McMaster. He loves South Carolina and has a long record of service in public office and has pledged to get to work quickly. As a former Attorney General and U.S. Attorney (the federal “District” attorney) for South Carolina, he brings a lot of experience on law and order issues. I am excited to see what the 117th Governor of South Carolina brings to the table in the years ahead. A Roads Bill For too long, state government has ignored one of its most important functions: maintaining our state’s infrastructure system. We have made band-aid fixes over the past couple of sessions but have lacked a long-term solution. A bill proposed by York County Representative, Gary Simrill, Speaker, Jay Lucas and Ways and Means Chair, Brian White would raise the gas tax two cents a year for five years equaling a ten cent increase. It would also raise fees on out-of-state drivers who register their vehicles here for the first time, raise fees on out-of-state truckers who use our roads and raise the cap on car sales tax from $300 to $500. This would add 600 million dollars to our roads a year after all the funding is phased in. This is not a perfect bill, but it helps address our problems while keeping a large portion of the tax on people visiting our state and those who move in going forward. As this is a crucial issue, I will remain on top of this issue while a final bill is worked out. If the final result of these efforts will truly help us move forward, I will eagerly support it. Appointing the Superintendent of Education The House has begun to debate on the floor  a pair of bills which will make the Superintendent of Education, which is currently elected, appointed by the Governor. The Department of Education is one of the largest state agencies and should be under the Governor’s cabinet for increased accountability. I plan on supporting this bill and I hope we will get it passed this year.Committee AppointmentsMuch of what happens in the House depends upon what takes place in committees. I was one of only two freshman Republican House members to be appointed to more than one Committee, giving me a larger role than many freshmen members usually have. I was appointed to serve on these Committees:
Medical, Military, Public and Municipal Affairs Committee: This Committee deals with legislation regarding a wide range of issues, including medical, healthcare, local governments and veterans issues.
Administrative Procedures Committee: This Committee reviews all new state regulations, giving Committee members a key oversight role over state government.Thank you!Serving in the State House is an honor and an amazing opportunity to work for a better South Carolina, as well as to ensure the communities of District 45 are well-represented. I work for you, so please connect with me on Facebook and by email at so we can stay connected and you can share with me your thoughts and concerns.Thank you,Brandon Newton


Exciting News for Indian Land

Here’s a quick recap of  Indian Land’s Red-Stone retail development, at Hwy 521 and Edgewater Rd. They have announced plans for three more restaurants –Tropical Smoothie Café, Jackson’s Java and Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steak-burgers. With a total of 11 restaurants signed on for the project, Phase 1 is now under construction and plans to open next winter.


Lancaster News –  The Chinese flag that flies alongside the U.S. flag outside Keer America’s Indian Land plant has been cut down twice in one week, following a number of phone complaints about the flag. In the first instance, according Leah Lee, a spokeswoman for the Chinese-owned company, the U.S. flag was in the center of three flagpoles, with the Chinese flag to the side. In the second instance, she said, the Chinese flag was in the center. The two flagpoles appear to be roughly the same height.

According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs website, whenever a group of flags are flying from staffs in the United States, and the American flag is among them, the U.S. flag should be at the center and at the highest point.

Lee insisted that the company had researched the proper position of the flags, citing a U.S. Senate website whose wording is far less clear. “No other flag or pennant should be placed above or, if on the same level, to the right of the flag of the United States of America,” the site says. “No person shall display the flag of the United Nations or any other national or international flag equal, above, or in a position of superior prominence or honor to or in place of the flag of the United States.” Lee said Keer will continue to fly the Chinese flag in the center, with the U.S. flag to the side. Lee explained that the company is trying to honor both countries properly. “We’re just a normal business here,” she said. “We’re a Chinese company, but we hire local people. We thought people would welcome us, not only because we bring jobs, but because we help the textile community…. “We are a China company. We are not ashamed,” she said. “We are proud of where we are from.”  

Deputies first responded to the company Jan. 19 after an employee reported the Chinese flag had been cut down. The employee said she noticed the flag was gone that day, but she knew it had still been flying about 5:30 p.m. the previous day, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office report. The second incident occurred between 4:30 p.m. Jan. 24 and the morning of Jan. 25, according to a second report.

In the first incident, the rope on the flagpole appeared to have been cut down, and a piece of cloth with the corner of a flag remained, the report said. The employee told a deputy that the company had received phone calls from a blocked number, with the female caller saying things like “I can’t believe you are flying a Chinese flag.” The caller also said the flag shouldn’t be flown at the same height as the American flag because our country is at war. The last call was Dec. 27. The employee advised the caller that she had researched the correct way to fly other national flags and that the company was flying both the American and Chinese flags correctly, the report said.

The sheriff’s report did not specify which of three flagpoles the Chinese flag had been cut down from. At the Keer plant early Thursday, Jan. 26, the center flagpole was empty. One pole beside it, at roughly the same height, held the American flag. The pole on the other side, slightly lower, flew a flag with a Keer logo. The sheriff’s report said security cameras show a silver four-door car with tinted windows turn into the parking lot and circle the lot at 11:59 p.m. Jan. 18. It is unknown if the car was involved in the flag incident.

Before the incidents, Lee said, the cameras didn’t show the flagpoles. Lee said since the incidents, the company has installed more cameras in the area.                                          Story by: Hannah L. Strong – Lancaster News


Lancaster County Library Board Meeting

DATE: Tuesday, January 31, 2017
TIME: 6:30 PM
LOCATION: Meeting Room, Del Webb Library
The Lancaster County Library Board will meet at the Del Webb Library on January 31 at 6:30 PM. All Library Board meetings are open meetings. Major new business will include how to handle building improvements to all three libraries in Lancaster County.
Public comments are at the beginning of the meeting. After that, there is no input from the public but you will be able to observe how the Board conducts its business in support of the Lancaster County Library System.
All are welcome.

About Us

The Friends of the Del Webb Library at Indian Land is a nonprofit, nonpolitical, volunteer service organization formed to promote and support the literary, educational, and community roles of the Library.

The Friends of the Del Webb Library at Indian Land is a Sec. 501 (c) (3) organization. Your membership is tax deductible. Contact us at or visit our website to learn more about the Friends.


Indian Land Action Council’s first meeting of 2017 will be Thursday, January 19th at 7 PM – Del Web Library, 7641 Charlotte Hwy.

Speakers for this meeting:

Jeff Catoe, Public Works Director for Lancaster County. He will update us on the new Indian Land Recycling Center.

Melvin Stroble, new Lancaster School Board member from Indian Land District 1. He will inform us about his new suggestions to the School Board that they are starting to implement.

Jerry Holt, Planning Commissioner from Indian Land District 7. He will inform us about what will be happening in Indian Land in 2017.

Meetings are open to the public. Hope to see you there.

For additional information please contact Jane Tanner, President of ILAC 803-547-9597 –