South Carolina Counties Score Low in Transparency

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In 2009 the General Assembly passed legislation (H 3352) requiring all school districts to post a transaction register online, as well as a copy of the district’s monthly credit card statement. Initially, school districts had until October 2009 to comply with the new law, but the deadline was extended to June 30, 2010, after some districts asked for more time.
As reported by The Nerve, 70 percent—61 out of 85 school districts—of the state’s school districts have posted their check registers online.
Countywide compliance, however, is not as good. Only 29 counties (out of 46) can boast that all of their school districts have posted the required spending data. Counties home to school districts that have yet to comply with the law include: Greenville, Lexington (District One and District Five), and Dorchester (District Four).
Even worse, many counties are still not making basic financial statements available online—for instance, by posting their county-level Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR). Currently, only 25 out of 46 of South Carolina’s counties have posted their most recent CAFR online. Moreover, only 7 counties have created online check registers.
Check out the table below to see how your county and school district are doing in terms of fiscal transparency:

County CAFR online? All school   district check registers online? County check   register online?
Abbeville YES YES NO
Aiken YES YES YES
Allendale NO YES NO
Anderson YES YES YES
Bamberg NO NO NO
Barnwell NO YES NO
Beaufort YES YES NO
Berkeley YES YES NO
Calhoun NO YES NO
Charleston YES YES YES
Cherokee NO YES NO
Chester NO YES NO
Chesterfield NO YES NO
Clarendon YES NO NO
Colleton YES YES NO
Darlington YES YES NO
Dillon NO NO NO
Dorchester YES NO YES
Edgefield YES NO NO
Fairfield NO NO NO
Florence YES YES NO
Georgetown YES YES NO
Greenville YES NO YES
Greenwood YES NO NO
Hampton NO YES NO
Horry YES YES YES
Jasper NO YES NO
Kershaw YES NO NO
Lancaster NO YES NO
Laurens NO NO NO
Lee NO YES NO
Lexington YES NO NO
Marion NO YES NO
Marlboro NO NO NO
McCormick NO NO NO
Newberry YES NO NO
Oconee YES YES NO
Orangeburg YES NO NO
Pickens YES YES NO
Richland YES NO YES
Saluda NO NO NO
Spartanburg YES YES NO
Sumter NO YES NO
Union NO YES NO
Williamsburg YES YES NO
York YES YES NO
TOTAL   “YES” counties 26 29 7
TOTAL   “NO” counties 20 17 39
PERCERTANGE   “YES” counties 57% 63% 15%



Nothing in the foregoing should be construed as an attempt to aid or hinder passage of any legislation.
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