Resident owners help pay for school operations

info@islandpacket.comJune 17, 2013 

Two recent stories contained misleading information about Act 388.

Both suggested that the law shifted all costs for Beaufort County school operations ($177 million in 2012-13) to the owners of vehicles, commercial and rental buildings, vacant land, time shares and second homes. It did not.

Owners of property assessed at 6 percent still pay about 65 percent of the school operating budget ($115 million in 2012-13), just as they have for years, even before Act 388. The other 35 percent mostly comes from state funds, including the 1 percent sales tax collected since 2007.

The 1 percent sales tax means everybody -- visitors, renters and all property owners -- pay something toward school operations.

Donald C. Peterson

Hilton Head Island

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