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Aiken board raises tax rate

Wednesday, June 27, 2012 12:14 AM
Last updated 5:04 AM
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AIKEN -- The Aiken County school board approved a 4.2-mill increase in school taxes Tuesday night -0.4 mill less than what was originally proposed.

The increase was approved 8-1, with board member Wesley Hightower in opposition, after much discussion about the necessity of the original proposed increase - 4.6 mills.

The increase will not apply to primary residences because of South Carolina Act 388, which exempts “owner-occupied residential property from school operating millage.” It will apply to businesses, second residences in the county, rental property, agricultural, manufacturing and utility properties, boats, cars, trucks and other vehicles.

The vote also included eliminating a proposed new volunteer coordinator position and funding one of two new education technology positions under a one-year contract.

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