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Public Forum on New James Island Library Location 

April 16 County Council Chambers

 

NOTICE OF PUBLIC FORUM

Notice is hereby given that Charleston County Council will hold a public forum on Thursday, April 16, 2015, at 4:30 o’clock p.m., in the Beverly T. Craven Council Chambers, Lonnie Hamilton, III Public Services Building, 4045 Bridge View Drive, North Charleston, SC for the purpose of gathering input from the public regarding the following three potential library locations on James Island:

1. The current site located at 1248 Camp Road.

2. The vacant building near Bi-Lo site located at 848/850 Folly Road.

3. The former Baxter Patrick Elementary School property located at 1858 South Grimball Road.

A presentation will be made by County staff regarding the three potential sites prior to the public comment period.

Public comments, written and oral, are invited.

Beverly T. Craven

Clerk of Council

 

Posted by Bill Wednesday, April 8, 2015 2:28:00 PM

New Tax Relief Proposal 

I am asking Town Council to introduce a 35.1 mill property tax to fund a $2 million annual payment to the James Island Public Service District for fire protection.   Currently, the JIPSD funds fire service in the Town by directly taxing the Town’s property owners.

I am asking the JIPSD Commissioners to reduce the operating millage they collect in the Town by 35.1 mills and allow the Town to pay the difference directly to the JIPSD.   The JIPSD currently collects 51.1 mills in the Town, so a 35.1 reduction would leave the JIPSD 16 mills to fund solid waste collection and other services in the Town.   If the JIPSD and Town come to an agreement, the total operating millage collected by the Town and JIPSD together would remain 51.1 mills.  

Municipalities are legally-obligated to provide a LOST (Local Option Sales Tax) property tax credit against their own millage.   For the 2015-16 fiscal year, I am proposing a $2 million property tax credit, which would zero-out the Town’s new millage.   IF the JIPSD and the Town come to an agreement, I project that the tax savings for a homeowner would be 31% on the County tax bills going out to Town residents this fall.   

JIPSD Chairman Donald Hollingsworth initiated monthly Chairman/Mayor meetings this year.  I outlined the Town’s new proposal to the Chairman at our March meeting.  I also told him that Town’s proposal from last year remains on the table.   If the Commissioners agree to allow a Town tax credit on the JIPSD line on the County tax bill, the introduction of a Town property tax can be postponed indefinitely.    I greatly appreciate Chairman Hollingsworth’s willingness to discuss the Town’s tax proposals and I hope that the Commissioners will come to an agreement with the Town that allows for tax relief this year.

If you have any comments or questions, call me at 697-7020 or email me at mayorwoolsey@gmail.com

Mayor Bill Woolsey

Posted by Bill Tuesday, March 31, 2015 11:21:00 AM

Town Council Public Hearing, May 21, 2015 

The Town of James Island will hold a Public Hearing on its Proposed Operating Budget for Fiscal Year July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2016. The Public Hearing will be held on Thursday, May 21, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. at the Town of James Island, Town Hall, 1238-B Camp Road, James island, SC  29412. Please click the link for the official advertisement.   The proposed budget is here.

Posted by Frances Monday, March 30, 2015 10:57:00 AM

BZA Public Hearing, April 21, 2015 

The Town of James island Board of Zoning Appeals will hold a public hearing at their regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, April 21, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. at the Town Hall, 1238-B Camp Road, James Island, SC 29412 (843) 795-4141. These hearings are open to the public. Inquiries should be directed to the Zoning/Planning Department (843) 795-4141 referencing the case number.

Case: BZAV-3-15-006: Variance request for the removal of two (2) Grand Trees at Lot M on Highland Avenue for possible subdivision and single family home, Town of James Island (TMS# 425-08-00-035).

 

 

Posted by Frances Monday, March 30, 2015 10:35:00 AM

Town Council Report March 19 

Town Council waived the one year waiting period for reapplication for the cell tower at the soccer field. The application will be resubmitted and return to the planning commission before coming back to Town Council for a public hearing and first reading, perhaps as soon as April 16.

Council recognized Jane Hale, our Senior Finance Clerk who will be retiring at the end of March. She started with the Town during the third incorporation and returned soon after the Town started up again in 2012.

The draft 2015-16 budget was presented to Council. The public hearing on the budget and first reading is scheduled for the April 16 meeting.

Council choose the Mayor to Chair the History Committee who asked Mayor Pro-tem to help. Council selected the following members selected for the History Commission were Doug Bostic, Eugene Frazier, Paul Hedden, Ashley Welsh, Inez Brown Crouch, Donald Hollingsworth, William "Cubby" Wilder, and Willis "Skipper" Keith.

Council tabled the resolution regarding representation on the CARTA board. Councilman Stokes spoke with some members of the CARTA board and they suggested that a substantial annual budget commitment would be necessary for the Town to join the board and that would not be for new services. CARTA has a large financial deficit at the current time. I want to do an analysis of the CARTA budget situation before the Town pursues this further.

Council approved a resolution opposing the search for oil off the South Carolina coast.

Council approved second and final reading of the emergency purchases ordinance and the emergency powers ordinance. These ordinances were adopted on the advice of the consultant who is helping the Town review and revise our emergency plan. The ordinances are very similar to those of the Town of Kiawah Island. The first draft of the Hurricane portion of the plan has been completed.

Posted by Bill Saturday, March 21, 2015 4:47:00 PM
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