News In Brief - June 20, 2007

York County passes its 2007-2008 budget

The York County Council approved next year's spending plan at its Monday night meeting.

The council added more deputies to the Sheriff's Office, a position in the Clerk of Court's office, a half-year's position in the Registration and Elections Office and shifted $3,000 of hospitality tax money to the Rock Hill Bicycle Club. To make up for the additions, the council took money from its building contingency fund.

The total budget will increase taxes about $27.20 on a home valued at $200,000. No other fees will go up.

Event to teach about buying a home

First-time homebuyers can learn about the process of buying a home at a forum Thursday night in Rock Hill.

Dinner will be served and child care provided at the free event, hosted from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. by the Housing Development Corp. The forum will be held at Rock Hill's Housing and Neighborhood Services Building, 150 Johnston St.

Speakers include: Nathaniel Barber, vice president and community development officer for South Carolina Bank and Trust; Lynn Snowber-Marini of the S.C. Center for Equal Justice; Teresa Kikelomo, fair housing coordinator for the city of Rock Hill; Lori Benson, director of Habitat for Humanity of York County; and Lynn Koven, a neighborhood development manager for the city.

For more information, call Lois Sanders at 329-8719 or Angie Clinton at 329-5599.