Jasper board appeals decision about fiscal autonomy

info@islandpacket.comOctober 15, 2013 

The Jasper County Board of Education is appealing a Circuit Court's recent ruling that it cannot levy taxes or set tax rates.

Judge Carmen Mullen ruled Sept. 25 that this authority lies with the Jasper County Council.

The board sued the council and county auditor in July, after the council cut the tax rate that would have been needed to fund the district's board-approved budget. However, Mullen ruled against the board and said that was within county council's authority.

Although the school board voted to appeal at its Oct. 14 meeting, property taxes for the school district's operation for tax year 2013 will be determined by council, as Mullen ruled. The appeal will go to the S.C. Court of Appeals and could affect future fiscal years.

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