Population counts every ten years decides government’s place in planning areas for the purpose of using transportation money at the local level. Scott Moulder, Oconee County administrator, led a discussion last night on whether part of Oconee would fare better if it were part of a metropolitan planning organization in which Greenville would have the most clout or better off in an M-P-O with nearby Clemson. Moulder told the County Council that only the eastern part of Oconee, from across Lake Hartwell from Clemson and west to Seneca would be considered eligible for membership in an M-P-O. Would then part of the county be positioned to be annexed by Clemson was a question raised by Moulder. He said there’s no cost for Oconee to join, nor is there a requirement to join. But what’s at stake for Oconee, he said, is $1.1 million dollars of transportation money for each year. Answering a question from District Two Councilman Wayne McCall, Moulder said Clemson would have no greater decision-authority than Oconee if the two paired up. “We will have equal representation….” Said Moulder.