by Jackie Nunnery
LANCASTER—The Lancaster board of supervisors on April 12 discussed capital improvement priorities as recommended by the planning commission and reviewed the latest draft of the county’s 2021-22 operating budget, projecting an increase in the personal property tax on vehicles.
The capital improvement plan now calls for $1,699,276 in projects. The school system is asking for $62,500 in matching funds, should they receive a school security grant, and $197,000 to put toward the early childhood center construction. The nearly $200,000 was originally budgeted as part of the bus replacement schedule, but shifted since buses were not running most of the school year.
The sheriff’s office is asking for $10,000 in planning funds for a required digital radio upgrade; $16,676 to replace the heating, ventilation and air conditioning system (HVAC) in the jail; and $38,000 to replace a patrol vehicle as part of the regular replacement schedule.
Most of the discussion centered around three other higher ticket …
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