Beaufort County Council to discuss business license changes

zmurdock@beaufortgazette.comOctober 27, 2013 

Beaufort County Council will meet at 5 p.m. Monday to discuss initial changes to the way it handles business licenses.

The changes would include changing the amount paid for a license to a tax from a fee, as it's now called. Changes also would include an exemption for agricultural businesses, such as those involved in crops, timber harvesting, livestock or fishing, county attorney Josh Gruber has said.

Council has debated large-scale changes to county business licenses several times this year. On Oct. 14, council debated whether it should approve these initial changes and return to other ideas later or wait and approve any business license changes at once.

Council narrowly voted to approve the first reading. Council members will vote Monday on whether to approve the second reading of the changes. If approved, there would be a public hearing and final vote on the amendment at council's meeting at 6 p.m. Nov. 18.

The council also will discuss easements for Palmetto Electric Cooperative, as well as a new roadway, and hear reports about construction on U.S. 278 and S.C. 170.

Before the meeting, council will change its typical schedule to accomodate a longer executive session.

The change mirrors the schedule at the council's Oct. 14 meeting, before which members held a brief caucus before spending two hours behind closed doors in executive session.

Council members will discuss contract negotiations and the proposed purchase of property in the executive session, according to their agenda.

Monday's meeting is in the large meeting room at the Bluffton Library. Council typically holds a public caucus and executive session at 4 p.m. before meetings.

For a look at Monday's agenda, click here.

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