Referendum on Dorchester Co. ballot would give more money to libraries & parks, but increase taxes

Election Day is coming up and in Dorchester County, there is a referendum that would bring more money to parks and libraries. It would put $43 million to building new libraries and parks in the county.

Tiffany Norton, spokesperson for Dorchester County, says, “Two new libraries. One would be in the Summerville area, and the second would be in the North Charleston area of the county. It would also allow for three new parks, one would be at the Courthouse Park in St. George, the Ashley River park site, and then another nature trail here in Summerville as well.”

If approved, the money would come to Dorchester County in the form of bonds, and means an increase in property taxes.

Norton says, “It would be an increase of about 5.7mills is the estimate. A breakdown would be, for a home value of $200,000 they’re looking at roughly a $45 increase annually in their tax revenue.”

Most people in Dorchester County agree more parks and libraries is a good idea.

One woman, Gerry Singleton, says, “I think the children need more and more choices. There’s so much evil out there and so many things they can get into that I feel like they can use that money and expand it, so I was for it.”

On the other hand, some say there’s other ways besides increasing taxes.

Frank Singleton, who lives in Dorchester County, says, “I just feel like the other tax money could be allocated maybe differently, and allocated in a way they can save money with the money they already have.”

But other people say the tax increase is worth it.

David Humberger, who lives in the county, says, “Not a big fan of any tax increase, but sometimes it’s a necessary evil we all have to put up with, but I think it’s important to have good parks and libraries.”

It will be up to the voters of Dorchester County on November 8th. If you live in Dorchester County and have questions leading up to Election Day, their citizens’ call center is now open, just call (843) 832-0393.

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