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Dorchester Referenda 2019

Funding Parks, Libraries

Question 1: Parks Referendum

Question 1: "Shall Dorchester County, South Carolina be authorized to issue general obligation bonds in an amount not to exceed $38,000,000 for funding the acquisition of land and the design and construction of parks and recreation facilities at various locations throughout the County, including the development of the Dorchester County Courthouse Park in St. George, the Ashley River Park, the Ashley River Park-Rosebrock Park-Swamp Fox Connector and the Pine Trace Natural Area in Summerville, and the development of hiking, biking and pedestrian trails and bridges, together with associated infrastructure, at various locations throughout the County?"

Explanation: Voters approved a smaller, $13 million plan in 2016 that was invalidated by the South Carolina Supreme Court due to being incorrectly included on the library referendum. Since that time, Dorchester County has been offered the opportunity to purchase additional acreage to add to the Ashley River Park site, with the intent to increase areas devoted to public use and to protect sensitive acreage from large-scale residential development. The adjusted request for a total of $38 million reflects rising costs since 2016 as well as the purchase of additional acreage. Property owners could expect a monthly tax increase of approximately 84 cents per $100,000 of property value.

Question 2: Library Referendum

Question 2: "Shall Dorchester County, South Carolina be authorized to issue general obligation bonds in an amount not to exceed $30,000,000 for funding the acquisition of land and the design and construction of new library facilities in the Summerville, North Charleston and Ridgeville areas of Dorchester County?"

Explanation: A similar request for $30 million to fund just two new libraries was approved by voters in 2016 but deemed invalid by the South Carolina Supreme Court due to being incorrectly included on the parks referendum. This new referendum asks for the original $30 million to cover costs for two new libraries in underserved areas as well as replacing the overcrowded Summerville branch. Property owners could expect a monthly tax increase of approximately 73 cents per $100,000 of property value.

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