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Public Meetings to adress sales tax referendum
Oct. 13, 2014
A series of four public meetings will take place throughout Georgetown County this month to provide information on a 1-cent sales tax referendum that will appear on the ballot during the November general election. The referendum will ask Georgetown County voters to decide whether a Capital Project Sales Tax will be implemented to fund projects including dredging, fire and rescue service enhancements and countywide road improvements.
Meetings will take place at each of the county’s four high schools. All meetings will begin at 6 p.m. in the school auditorium. The schedule is as follows:
• Monday, Oct. 20 — Waccamaw High School
• Tuesday, Oct. 21 — Georgetown High School
• Thursday, Oct. 23 — Andrews High School
• Thursday, Oct. 30 — Carvers Bay High School
These meetings will provide valuable information, helping to ensure residents understand the referendum and get any questions they have answered before they go to the polls. All county residents are urged to make time to attend one of the four schedule meetings.
Information about the referendum, including a list of projects, a list of frequently asked questions and the referendum text are also available online. Scroll to the bottom of this home page for links.
Announcing our next photo contest!
Oct. 9, 2014
Georgetown County government is looking for photos of residents going about their daily lives. Our Fall 2014 photo contest is themed "At work and at play in Georgetown County." Deadline to enter is Nov. 30. Winners receive a prize pack and have their photo displayed in a county facility. Email all entries to Jackie Broach. See complete rules and details at the link below.
Photo contest details
Georgetown County voter registration office announces special hours
Oct. 8, 2014
In-person absentee voting has started in Georgetown County and will continue leading up to the general election, Nov. 4. The Georgetown County Office of Voter Registration and Elections will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The office will also be open on Saturday, Oct. 25, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for in-person absentee voting.
More than 400 requests for absentee ballots have already been received in Georgetown County.
The office is located at 303 N. Hazard St. in Georgetown. Absentee ballot requests can bepicked up and turned in there, or via www.scvotes.org. That website is also where voters can download sample ballots and find the answers to frequently asked questions.
Donna Mahn, the county’s director of voter registration and elections, advises all voters to familiarize themselves with the ballot, candidates and Election Day protocol before heading to the polls. Doing so can make the process a much smoother one, she said. A list of polling locations in Georgetown County can be found on the office’s website at www.gtcounty.org/elections. Anyone who has changed their address since the last time they voted should update their registration information before heading to the polls. Waiting until the last minute could cause significant delays when signing in at the polls and, in some cases, could lead to voters reporting to the wrong polling location and being redirected.
Anyone with questions about registration, absentee voting or Election Day protocol should contact the Georgetown County Office of Elections and Voter registration, (843) 545-3339.
Georgetown County voters to decide on Capital Project Sales Tax
Aug. 12, 2014
When Georgetown County voters go to the polls this fall, they’ll be asked to decide if a 1-cent sales tax will be implemented to help fund vital capital projects, including dredging at the Port of Georgetown.
County Council voted unanimously on Aug. 12 to put the issue on the ballot in the form of a countywide referendum. If approved, the 1-cent Capital Project Sales Tax would go into effect on May 1, 2015, and disappear four years later on April 30, 2019. State law mandates the tax could not be extended past that term without another referendum.
It is anticipated the tax would generate about $7 million per year, for a total of $28 million during the life of the tax. These funds would be used to pay for projects in three key areas: Dredging, countywide road improvements and enhancements to fire and rescue service.
The need for dredging at the Georgetown port was a driving factor in council’s decision to present the sales tax to the public. Dredging at the port has been identified as key to future economic development in the county, but efforts to secure federal funding for the project have been unsuccessful. The state committed funds for the project in its budget this year, but local funds are still needed for the project to go forward. The Capital Project Sales Tax would provide $16.3 million for two local dredging projects and creation of a dredge spoils site...
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