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Newly Created 1% Sales Tax Commission to Meet Tuesday Night

web posted December 16, 2013

EDGEFIELD The next meeting for the Edgefield County Capital Project Sales Tax Commission is scheduled for Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 6 pm in the Edgefield County Council Chambers. The Edgefield County Council has approved the forming of the commission to study possible uses of the tax if it is approved by voters next November, if the county council approves the referendum.

The meeting will be for elected officials in the towns and the county to provide input for possible projects to be considered. There will also be a period for public input following elected officials.

The commission will study the list of projects and their costs and have to come up with a list that will have to be approved by the county council by April 1 in order to be on the ballot. At least one county council member has said if the list is not agreeable, their vote would be to end it in April.

The money from the tax, expected to generate around $900,000 a year, can only be used on property owned by government entities and cannot be spent on private property improvements.

A full list of the items that can be considered by law is as follows:
(a) highways, roads, streets, bridges, and public parking garages and related facilities;
(b) courthouses, administration buildings, civic centers, hospitals, emergency medical facilities, police stations, fire stations, jails, correctional facilities, detention facilities, libraries, coliseums, educational facilities under the direction of an area commission for technical education, or any combination of these projects;
(c) cultural, recreational, or historic facilities, or any combination of these facilities;
(d) water, sewer, or water and sewer projects;
(e) flood control projects and storm water management facilities;
(f) beach access and beach renourishment;
(g) dredging, dewatering, and constructing spoil sites, disposing of spoil materials, and other matters directly related to the act of dredging;
(h) jointly operated projects of the county, a municipality, special purpose district, and school district, or any combination of those entities, for the projects delineated in subitems (a) through (g) of this item;
(i) any combination of the projects described in subitems (a) through (h) of this item

The tax, if approved by voters, can only last for a total of 8 years, but can be anywhere between 1 to 8 years, depending on what is proposed and the amount of revenues needed to complete the projects.

The public is invited to attend and make comments at the meetings, which will take place for the next few months.

A copy of the agenda for the meeting can be found below.

By Ordinance, the Capital Project Sales Tax Commission operates under the Edgefield County Rules of Parliamentary Procedure. Section 2-52, Edgefield County Code of Ordinances. (www.municode.com)


November 26, 2013 Orientation Meeting Minutes

This is an opportunity for Elected Officials from each of the entities below to speak to the Commission about projects that they would like to see considered for the capital project sales tax.

1.    Town of Edgefield
2.    Town of Johnston
3.    Town of Trenton
4.    Edgefield County School District
5.    County Officials
6.    Other Elected Officials


1.    Ideas for potential projects
2.    Schedule Future Meetings


Edgefield County Code of Ordinances, Chapter 2, Section 2-52, Rule 23. Public comments: Any citizen of the county may sign up to speak at any regular meeting of the county council on matters pertaining to county services and operations, but not on personnel matters. Interested citizens may sign an agenda list maintained by the clerk to council prior to each regular meeting. Citizens wishing to speak must indicate the subject and purpose for which they seek to address the council. Each citizen who gives notice as described in this section shall be eligible to speak for a maximum of three minutes; provided that the time allotted to each speaker may otherwise depend on the number of speakers to be recognized. Additionally, the period for citizen comments shall be limited to a total of 20 minutes, with such comment period being placed on the agenda of each regular council meeting at the conclusion of new business. All citizens participating in the citizen comment period shall be subject to recognition by the presiding officer and shall address the presiding officer directly. The comment period shall not constitute a debate period between council members and members of the public. Written comments may be submitted to the clerk to council at any time during regular business hours of the county or by U.S. Mail. All public comments shall be retained for a period of three years and shall be considered separate from the minutes of any council meeting.



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