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Dorchester County set to vote on Local Option Sales Tax referendum

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Tonight, Dorchester County Council is preparing to meet, and discuss the Local Option Sales Tax. That 1% sales tax will be on a referendum tomorrow in the county. If passed, the majority of the money will be used to lower property taxes.

This has been a hot topic issue for a number of reasons. All but one Council member voted for the tax proposal, but two unlikely groups are  united in opposition.

Justin Farnsworth is a Summerville resident. He supports the referendum. "Voters in Dorchester county have a rare opportunity to go out and actually voice their opinion on the tax structure in our county… we have a chance for huge property tax relief across the board. You're talking homes, cars, motorcycles, businesses, motor homes."

The local option sales tax would add a new one percent tax to all sales in Dorchester County. At least 71% of that money will be credited to property tax bills in the county, lowering what property owners owe.

Rob Groce is the spokesman for the Dorchester County Democratic Party. "So, in effect, what that does is raise taxes on everyone, but only decreases taxes paid by just a handful of residents here in the county."

The Dorchester County Democratic Party opposes the tax, but the Dorchester County Republican Party is also on record against it.

Groce says, "this is a rare occasion where Republicans and Democrats are joining hands against it… in my opinion it exemplifies that this is absolutely to no one's benefit."

Farnsworth says he believes the majority of county residents support the tax. "I think in reality we have a very small group within the Democratic Party and within the Republican Party that have come out against it."

The local option sales tax is on county council's agenda to be discussed by the county council chairman. That meeting begins at seven o-clock in council's Summerville chambers.

Polls will be open Tuesday from 7am-7pm. Since this is the only thing on the ballot in some areas of Dorchester County, the county agreed to pay about $34,000 for the special election.

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