Charleston County treasurer wants property tax relief for federal workers

Government Shutdown

CHARLESTON COUNTY, SC (WCBD) – Hundreds of thousands of federal workers are without pay as we are now on day 26 of the government shutdown.

Charleston County treasurer Mary Tinkler, though, is looking to provide relief for those workers in South Carolina.

She’s asking the state legislature to allow her and other treasurers to waive late fees that went into effect Wednesday for real property taxes that were due on Tuesday.

The move would give federal employees a 3-month buffer to get their real property taxes in.

Tinkler says it’s her duty to think about the people she serves.

“It’s a small part of the equation for so someone who may be struggling at this point, but knowing that as you are moving up against penalty fees, and the stress of having a property go to tax sale if you cannot make that payment, I want to make sure that those who have been affected by the shutdown do have the opportunity to seek a little bit of relief,” she said.

Lowcounty representatives Peter McCoy and Leon Stavrinakis are filing the joint resolution. If passed it will be a temporary measure.

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