Oconee County Council

FY 2020-2021 Budget Announcement (PDF Version)

The Budget process will always undergo three [3] readings and two [2] public hearings as has always been done. Due to COVID-19 and the tornado disaster, the budget process is being delayed until May 5, 2020 Budget meeting. No reading will take place prior to May 19, 2020. Budget documentation will be available on the web on May 15, 2020. This is the schedule for the three readings and public hearings:
1st Reading – May 19, 2020
2nd Reading – June 2, 2020
Public Hearing – June 11, 2020
3rd Reading / Public Hearing – June 16, 2020

Council meetings are now live streamed on You Tube!

Council Meetings are held on the 1st and the 3rd Tuesday of the month at 6:00 p.m. (excluding July and August which will meet only on the third Tuesday of the month) in County Council Chambers located at 415 South Pine Street, Walhalla, S.C.(unless otherwise advertised).

At each regularly scheduled Council meeting there will be a Public Comment Session(beginning at 6:00 p.m.) which is limited to a maximum of forty (40) minutes with four (4) minutes allocated per person. If you wish to speak during the Public Comment Session you may do so by placing your name on the sign up sheet in Council Chambers prior to the meeting.

Everyone speaking before Council should do so in a civil manner. Council will not tolerate personal attacks on individual council members, county staff or any person or group. Racial slurs will not be permitted. All citizens addressing Council and all Boards and Commission appointed by Council should do so at the appropriate time as noted on their agendas and in an appropriate manner.

The Oconee County Conservation Bank accepted a donation from Duke Energy on Tuesday, December 13, 2016 in the amount of $618,000.
Thanks to Duke Energy for the generous donation.
(Left to Right)
Alan Stuart(Duke Energy Senior Project Manager), Shea Airey(Conservation Bank Chairman), Paul Cain(County Council Chairman), and Emily DeRoberts(Duke Energy, SC Government & Community Relations District Manager)
For the second year in a row Oconee County is featured in National Geographic. This time in the NatGeo's Traveller UK series, titled "National Geographic 50 of the World's Last Great Places".
(This PDF contains the full article and some beautiful photographs)

This special publication by the National Geographic features as their #9 choice "Jocassee Gorges - An Intense Concentration of Waterfalls". The article centers on North & South Carolina and also features two pages showing the beautiful and rare Oconee Bell.

Oconee Economic Alliance announces “Made In Oconee” campaign
"Made In Oconee" is a coordinated marketing initiative established by the Oconee Economic Alliance to enrich the relationship between local manufacturers and the school district of Oconee County. This multi-tiered campaign highlights the products made in Oconee County and the people who make them.

The first phase of the “Made In Oconee” campaign is primarily focused on gauging the general perception of manufacturing in local students and working to change it. Students from across the county were asked an array of questions in order to gain a real perspective on young people’s sentiments surrounding manufacturing. The responses were varied, enlightening and will play an important role in how future conversations are shaped.

The Oconee Economic Alliance wanted to know what students in Oconee County really thought about manufacturing so we decided to go straight to the source. We talked to six different students from across the school district and what they said might surprise you.

Visit madeinoconee.com for more information and the latest videos.

South Carolina Association of Counties Friday Report
View the current and past Friday Reports prepared weekly by the Association regarding pending issues before the state legislature.
Destination Oconee - Realizing the Future of Oconee County

Our Mission

It is the mission of Oconee County to provide our current and future citizens and visitors quality services while protecting our communities, heritage, environment and natural resources, in an ever-changing world.


Oconee County – A diverse, growing, safe, vibrant community guided by rural traditions and shaped by natural beauty; where employment, education and recreation offer a rich quality of life for all generations, both today and tomorrow.


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