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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - May 21, 2015, Aiken, South CarolinaAiken . 75???vol. 149, no. 141 y o u r l o c a l n e w s s o u r c e s i n c e 1 8 6 7 thursday May 21, 2015 Calendar .5c classifieds. 4b crossword .4c comics .3c dear Abby .4c editorials. 11a Horoscope .4c living on the go.1c lottery. 3a movies .5c sports. 1b television .2c partly Cloudy. High 91. Low 61. Complete 5-Day forecast 6c general offices .803-648-2311 newsroom .803-644-2401 Index Contact us Bennie Riley new Ellenton Carretha Jones Phillips Pelion Lauren Celeste Mckinney Aiken Margaret Watson Mathis Aiken Alex e. Williams Aiken Peggy Seigler North Augusta Richie Dean Coleman North Augusta deaths and funerals 6a area deaths weather Spca to offer snuggle sessions at offices living on the go 1c by Maayan Schechter what Aiken county Council member Andrew siders called a last resort tuesday night could be the fix to smooth out some of the count yes financial woes said county administrator Clay Killian. Council agreed to approve on first vote the coun Tyus proposed $62.7 million budget with the additional 2.4 millage increase. The Agenda item will require two More readings and a Public hearing be fore Council can give its final approval. Although the millage is not set until september Killian said the Cost of doing business and unforeseen budget impacts have caused a Strain on the count yes re sources and a rate increase could bring in roughly $1.5 million to $1.6 million per year. County officials Are proposing a 2.4 millage increase to 72.3 Mills from the current 69.9 Mills. Millage is the rate at which property taxes Are charged based on property value. The increase would mean a $4 Cost for every Mill on a $100,000-valued Home. If approved a Homeowner would pay an additional $14.40 on a Home valued at $150,000. Council will hold budget work sessions be tween the votes which siders said will allow Council members and officials time to mull Over the budget and look at cuts. It very much concerns me and i will not vote for a millage increase until we have exhausted every last ditch Effort siders said. County expenses and Revenue the 2015-16 budget Killian said was largely defined by two major events the salary adjust ments for All county employees and the financial Impact from the february 2014 ice storm. The ice storm also known As Winter storm Pax took Down Trees and Cut Power to thou Sands of Homes costing Aiken county roughly $33 million. Property tax hike last resort please see taxes Page 10a by Derrek Asberry . Sen. Tim Scott r-., said the Federal govern ment should not mandate the use of body cameras for Law enforcement agencies across the nation but that Congress should strongly encourage their us age. Scott re emphasized tuesday his support for Law enforcement to Wear body cameras but said con Gressional legislators will have to come up with a funding formula to make sure the agencies that need body cameras have Access to Money to pay for them. Scott became highly vocal in his support of body cameras after the string of deaths involving unarmed Black men and White police officers including the death of Walter Scott a 50-year-old North Charleston Black male who lived in sen. Scotts District. Walter Scott was killed on april 4 in a police shoot ing by North Charleston officer Michael Slager. An eyewitness caught the incident on video with his cell phone. Slager has since been fired and charged with murder. During a Senate judiciary subcommittee meeting on crime and terrorism Scott said a Strong piece of the Puzzle to create Trust is body worn cameras for police officers. Scott also addressed the Fine line Between Federal assistance and mandates. Tasking the Federal government to support body cams through resources should not be confused with Federal zing local policing which i would object to Scott said. Various organizations gave testimony on the Issue including representatives with a Colorado District attorney office the leadership conference on civil and human rights the South Carolina sheriffs association and the police executive research forum. Lindsay Miller a senior associate with the research forum said a study conducted by her group concluded that with limited exceptions officers should be required to activate their cameras when responding to All Calls for service and during All Law enforcement related encounters and activities that occur while the officer is on duty. We recommend that officers should be required to obtain consent prior to recording interviews with crime victims and that officers should have discretion to not record conversations with crime witnesses or members of the Community who wish to discuss confidential information that might relate to criminal activity but who Are unwilling to speak on camera Miller said. Some concerns voiced on body camera Laws include the cameras becoming the Only piece of pertinent evidence in addition to privacy issues for Vic Tims. Wade Henderson the president and ceo of the leadership conference on civil and human rights said in some instances such As Pri Vacy releases of video could be put on hold. Scott a video is Worth a thousand pictures Scott please see cameras Page 10a judge enough probable cause to charge Craven local news 3a two arrested in burglary of cellphone store local news 4a Crosland Park helps family after House fire local news 2a preparing for the future mock Job interviews provide real life experience snuggle up inside Graham Scott deserve credit for camera push editorial 11a by Dede Biles Regena Brackett the general manager of the Hampton inn gave 16-year-old Daija Gary a lot of positive feedback after a mock Job interview at helping hands on tuesday. You Are very professionally dressed you maintained Eye con tact you answered questions directly and you gave Good Quality answers Brackett said. She also had a suggestion about How the soft spoken Gary could improve. I would encourage to project your voice More Brackett said. That will make you sound like you Are a Strong individual who will be Strong employee. Gary a Sophomore at Midland Valley High school was among More than 40 participants in the level up program who had the Opportunity to do mock Job inter views with representatives of local businesses and agencies. Some of the questions were a Little nerve racking but once i got myself together i was Fine said Gary who wore a Black pantsuit. Aiken youth empowerment which is a helping hands pro Gram offers level up through a partnership with the Columbia Urban league. Level up is basically designed to make sure that youth who Are in Foster care or in transition get the information they need to be successful As adults said Kandace Cave a Community educator for Aiken youth empowerment. Through its association with the Columbia Urban league Aiken youth empowerment also is Able to offer a six week summer work experience program to level up students who receive stipends for taking part in it. This year instead of just As signing them a Job that we find for them were doing mock interviews for the first time Cave said. Staff photo by Dede Biles Daija Gary left shakes hands with Regena Brackett during a mock Job interview at helping hands. Staff photo by Dede Biles Matteo Sherrod Lewis left shakes hands with Wally Oliver a Trade management services manager during a mock Job interview at help ing hands on tuesday. Please see jobs Page 10a Tucker keeps Aiken on track track Star talks Success sports 1b county officials cite financial Strain on budget

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