Darlington City Council to reconsider increases in water rates, fees, penalties
Darlington City Council plans to review its water rates and policies on late fees and penalties after a council member said some residents are struggling to pay water bills. Council member Sheila Baccus told council Jan. 4 that city government should “release the pressure that we are putting on the citizens of Darlington” with water rates, late fees and penalties. “This is highway robbery.” Councilman Howard Nettles agreed that the city needs to review its billing rate structure. In other business, council swore in three members who’ve been re-elected to new terms: Baccus, Elaine Reed and John Segars. The three were sworn in by City Manager John Payne. Also, council honored city planner and economic development director Lisa Bailey for the work she has done for the city.