A bill to give county treasurers authority to delay real property tax payments for federal employees affected by the recent government shutdown passed the legislature today and will head to Governor McMaster’s desk for signature.
The bill, H. 3630, introduced by Charleston Reps. Leon Stavrinakis (D-West Ashley) and Peter McCoy (R-James Island) passed the House and Senate unanimously.
The idea was first pitched to legislators by Charleston County Treasurer Mary Tinkler.
Rep. Stavrinakis said this was a clear example of leaders working together to put people first:
“While the recent government shutdown divided most Americans, the legislature proved this week that it is possible to put aside partisanship and put people first. I’m thrilled we were able to help the federal employees who were put in financial distress through no fault of their own. Federal workers should not be victims of Washington’s dysfunction and this bill provides some basic protection for them.”
Charleston County Treasurer Mary Tinkler thanked the legislature for giving her and other county treasurers the authority to protect federal workers:
“I’m grateful to my former colleagues in the legislature who stepped up to help federal workers across South Carolina and in Charleston County. It’s virtually impossible to get a bill through the legislature this quickly but leaders like Reps. Stavrinakis and McCoy demonstrated what happens when we work together for the people we represent.”