Council discusses hiring lobbyist

Tuesday, June 2, 2009 10:06 PM
Last updated Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2010 9:55 PM
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In a budget work session tonight, Aiken County Council members discussed setting aside money for a lobbying firm to represent the area in Washington, D.C.

Councilman Chuck Smith proposed the idea, calling for $100,000 to be included in the upcoming fiscal year budget, which begins in July. He said a lobbyist could advocate for the county and surrounding communities to secure federal funds.

Councilman Willar Hightower asked about the function of elected officials, but Councilwoman LaWana McKenzie said that they aren’t always on the committees where decisions are made and that a lobbying firm could help in that area. There was no formal vote, but council members favored exploring the idea further.

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