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Breaking down the ballot, vote yes or no to Dorchester Local Option Sales Tax

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The one percent tax increase in Dorchester County will read as this on the November ballot: "Must a one percent sales and use tax be levied in Dorchester County for the purpose of allowing a credit against a taxpayer's county and municipal ad valorem tax liability and for the purpose of funding county and municipal operations in the Dorchester County area?"

Read more about the tax here.

"It's confusing, most people is confused," resident Ronnie Judy said.

Click here to see what others are saying about the referendum.

According to the county administrator Jason Ward, "this is straight out of the South Carolina code of laws. We didn't have any flexibility on how to place this on the ballot."

Although the purpose for the tax is easy to comprehend, according to Ward, "to allow folks to pay a sales tax in our county, county residents and anyone visiting our county on most goods.... and then that will be used to provide an offset on taxes for houses, vehicles, boats, planes, automobiles."

State law requires at least 71% of the revenue received by a county and municipality must be used to provide a credit against the property tax liability of the taxpayers but allows up to 100% of the revenue to be used as a credit against the property tax liability of the taxpayers.

To vote for the one percent tax increase vote YES. If you are not in favor of the increase vote NO.

Read more about the Dorchester property tax relief here.

 

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