Bluffton residents could be on the hook for a $337K police overtime bill. Here’s why

When Hurricane Matthew pounded the shores of South Carolina last year, the Town of Bluffton saw the least amount of estimated structural damage of any incorporated area in Beaufort County. Yet Bluffton stayed under emergency conditions for the longest amount of time, causing its police department to accrue a disproportionately high overtime bill compared to other police agencies in the county, including the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office, which oversees emergency operations for the entire county, an investigation by The Island Packet and The Beaufort Gazette found.

Bluffton residents could be on the hook for a $337K police overtime bill. Here’s why

When Hurricane Matthew pounded the shores of South Carolina last year, the Town of Bluffton saw the least amount of estimated structural damage of any incorporated area in Beaufort County. Yet Bluffton stayed under emergency conditions for the longest amount of time, causing its police department to accrue a disproportionately high overtime bill compared to other police agencies in the county, including the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office, which oversees emergency operations for the entire county, an investigation by The Island Packet and The Beaufort Gazette found.

Confederate Memorial Day justified

Kimberly Turner’s op-ed in Palmetto Opinion on Aug. 29 displays her ignorance of American history. The current U.S. Memorial Day honors only those who died in service to the federal, formerly Northern, government.

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