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Daniel Island secession takes the next step forward

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Some residents of Daniel Island take the next step toward seceding from Berkeley County to Charleston County. Some 750 residents signed the petition and Governor Nikki Haley has appointed a committee to learn more.

Once the petition was submitted, state law mandated that Governor Haley appoint a specific committee to study the issue.

Berkeley County Councilman Tim Callanan represents Daniel Island on county council. He said the committee had to consist of, "four individuals... two from Daniel Island, two from outside Daniel Island, two for secession and two against."

Governor Haley appointed Michael White, an appraiser, John Tiencken, the former CEO of Santee Cooper, Shirley Hinson, a former state representative and John West, the former Mayor of Moncks Corner.
Callanan says the committee will submit a report to the governor on a number of issues, including, "whether or not the school district moves with the county."

And if it moves, where would Daniel Island high school students attend school? North Charleston High, which is much closer and has extra capacity, or Wando High?

There are also financial questions. "I would say the biggest one is debt. There is an existing debt for Berkeley County. How much of that debt would get shifted over, if Daniel Island were to leave?"

Residents of Daniel Island like Kathryn Meadowcroft say they are also looking at the details to see what makes the most sense for their community. "I really feel as though I want the best for Daniel Island, and if annexing to Charleston would be better for everyone, then that's what I'm for."

The next step in the process is for the committee to get that information to the governor so she can decide what to do next. The group is hoping to have their report on the governor's desk
by April.

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