Churches, non-profits struggling with increased county fees

Berkeley County News

SUMMERVILLE, S.C. (WCBD) Are Lowcountry churches being squeezed too much when it comes to fees they have to pay to the county? One man in Summerville said fees are out of control.

The pastor at Ridge Baptist Church says they need some help after just one of the fees they pay to the county has gone up more than 1000% since it started.

“When it first started about 30 years ago, the fee was around $150. And it’s gone up to around $1,750 now,” said Senior Pastor Bobby Eubanks.

He’s talking about the landfill fee, listed as the “solid waste user fee.” They still pay a private company to transport their waste to the landfill.

It might not be as tough to handle if it was just the landfill fee, but the county also added another $1,358 yearly fire fee then a fee Eubanks said he almost forgot about until he looked at their bill again… another $2,124 storm water utility fee.

Just this one church property tax bill this year is $5,258 bucks.

“And they continue to increase,” he said. “Being a nonprofit, we have no way to recoup that except through donations.”

Pastor Eubanks said he would like to see either the state or county look at either exempting nonprofits or capping how much they must pay.

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