Aiken County budget on hold, still $2M short

AIKEN COUNTY, S.C. (WJBF) – A $2 million dollar deficit is forcing Aiken County leaders to pinch pennies on next year’s budget.

Interim Council Chairman Andrew Siders says the county was disappointed to learn the state could only reimburse Aiken half of what they were owned from the 2014 Ice Storm.

Siders say the county is not considering increasing taxes to cover the shortfall.

“We are still in a situation where we have a $2.1 million dollar shortfall,” Siders told WJBF NewsChannel 6. “So we are discussing ways to deal with that now and we went back to work session, and we were talking about different scenarios and different things that we can do.”

On Tuesday, county council is holding another budget meeting.

The final reading of the budget is on June 20th.

Count on WJBF NewsChannel 6 to bring you the latest on this developing story.


AIKEN COUNTY, S.C. (WJBF) – State lawmakers have yet to reimburse Aiken County for the Ice Storm and it’s leaving a big hold in this year’s budget.

The county had anticipated receiving $4 million dollars from the Winter Storm Pax fund.

However, that money is still hung-up in Columbia because the state hasn’t set its budget, which puts Aiken County’s fiscal year budget on hold.

“Aiken County is not doing anything, but asking for their fair share of the storm money that was supposed to come back to us,” Aiken County Council Vice Chairman Andrew Siders told WJBF NewsChannel 6.

County council is still weighing its options to balance the shortfall, while they wait for a decision from the statehouse.

Count on WJBF NewsChannel 6 to bring you the latest on this developing story. 

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