In November 2008, Sumter County residents passed a 1-cent sales tax by a slim 778-vote margin. By the time the Capital Projects Sales Tax took effect in May 2009, some 16 projects were approved and moving forward.
Sumter is in the center of South Carolina, just 44 miles east of Columbia. Home to Shaw Air Force Base, a big supporter of the local economy, the city enjoys a thriving tourism industry with Swan Lake Iris Gardens, the "Crown Jewel" of Sumter, as the number one attraction. Golf, festivals and a mild climate helped land Sumter a spot on the Top 10 Places to Retire by Retirement Lifestyle Magazine.