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Georgetown County voter registration office announces special hours
Sept. 30, 2014
This Saturday, Oct. 4, is the last day to register to vote in time for the November general election. In order to help ensure anyone who wants to register has the opportunity to do so, the Georgetown County Office of Voter Registration and Elections will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Oct. 4 to accept registrations.
The office is located at 303 N. Hazard St. in Georgetown. Voter registration forms can bepicked up and turned in there, or the forms can be downloaded online at 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. Voters who are already registered can also use that site to request absentee ballots or check their registration information. 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.
For those who would like to cast absentee ballots, in-person absentee voting will begin Oct. 6. 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. Mahn said more than 400 requests for absentee ballots have already been received in Georgetown County.
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.
Public meetings to address updates to stormwater ordinance
Sept. 26, 2014
Georgetown County was recently issued an updated Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) permit by the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control. The permit, which is updated every five years, sets out new requirements for the county that will necessitate a corresponding update of local stormwater ordinances.
The county will have two public meetings in October to explain the mandated updates to the county’s stormwater management ordinance. All members of the public are welcome to attend these informative sessions. The required updates to the ordinance will primarily affect developers, contractors, engineers and those involved in land disturbance activities.
Meetings will take place:
• Thursday, Oct. 2, at 5:30 p.m. in County Council Chambers, located in the historic courthouse, 129, Screven St., Georgetown.
• Monday, Oct. 6, at 10 a.m. at the Murrells Inlet Community Center, 4450 Murrells Inlet Rd., Murrells Inlet.
A draft of updated stormwater ordinance is available below and at each of the county’s four library branches. For more information, contact the Georgetown County Stormwater Division, (843) 545-3524.
Draft — Updated Ordinance
Free workshop for first-time homebuyers set for Oct. 18
Sept. 18, 2014
Registration is open for a free one-day workshop that will provide valuable resources for people interested in purchasing their first home.
Co-sponsored by Georgetown County, in partnership with the SC Community Loan Fund and the Charleston Trident Urban League, the workshop will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 18, at the Bunnelle Center in Pawleys Island. Lunch will be provided.
Participants in the workshop will receive information on the steps involved in purchasing a home, from strengthening credit to moving in. Information will also be presented on the effect of credit scores on the home buying process, budgeting, working with realtors home inspections, moving preparations and closing.
Those who complete the course will receive a certificate that may allow them to qualify for subsidies including down payment and closing cost assistance, matching funds for the purchase of a home in an area targeted for stabilization, assistance with weatherization and energy efficiency improvements, and matching funds for purchase of a foreclosed property being sold by an FHSBank Atlanta member financial institution.
Participants must complete all eight hours of training to receive certification.
Register online or by calling the SC Community Loan Fund at (843) 973-7285.
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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