County Council approves economic incentives


By Stan Welch

The Anderson County Council moved briskly through an agenda filled with ordinances dealing with topics ranging from rezoning to providing economic incentive to potential industries considering locating in the county.

Approximately thirteen acres were given final approval for rezoning to a planned development status, while another vote assured future enforcement of reporting requirements for civic and charity groups receiving public funds.

Second reading approval was given to an ordinance granting a water line easement to Powdersville Water District to allow them access to the line for maintenance and repairs. Final approval will be given at the next Council meeting.

First reading approval was given to an ordinance expanding the boundaries of a joint industrial park with Greenville County. The change basically acknowledges the merger of HomTex Weaving and Wootten Properties; a merger that will not only create forty nine new jobs, but will also retain forty five existing jobs.

The existing annual payroll of $1million will increase to $2.2 million. A $2 million capital investment will also result, and the annual property taxes paid will rise from $41,000 to $78,000.