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State budget to boost county by more than $16M

County, Columbus, Saluda, Tryon, health department all to get funding

POLK COUNTY—Polk County officials were alerted this week that funding is being placed in the state budget for major needs in the county. 

Senator Ralph Hise sent word to county officials this week that the funding proposal for $16,693,576 has passed the Senate. 

Of the funding, the City of Saluda is proposed to receive $160,000 for at-risk water/sewer projects; Polk County is proposed to receive $6.5 million for Lake Adger Dam repairs; the Town of Columbus is proposed to receive $9.5 million for unnamed projects; the Town of Tryon is proposed to receive $425,000 for water and sewer and the Polk County Health Department is proposed to receive $108,576, according to the state’s budget proposal. 

The Senate passed the budget proposal on Wednesday of this week. 

The budget also includes changes to the needs-based public school capital fund, according to Hise.