There’s been a legal battle playing out in the courtroom and in the media between Richland County Council and the South Carolina Department of Revenue regarding the county’s use of funds derived from the Transportation Penny Tax Program. Rick Reames, Director of DOR raised concerns of public corruption and fraud and threatened to withhold funds from the county until it came into compliance with DOR directives. In response, the County sued the agency to get the funds released.
Former State Legislator and long time civil rights activist, Jim Felder, recently publicly spoke out against the DOR’s tactics, saying the agency did not have the authority to withhold funds from the county. The MinorityEye recently sat down with Mr. Felder to gain some perspective on this on-going feud between these two agencies and how this turf war could affect Richland County voters.