Current Status Bill Number:
148Type of Legislation: Joint Resolution JRIntroducing Body: SenateIntroduced Date: 19950110Primary Sponsor: McConnellAll Sponsors: McConnell, RoseDrafted Document Number: JIC\5050HTC.95Residing Body: SenateCurrent Committee: Finance Committee 06 SFSubject: Property tax millage
Body Date Action Description Com Leg Involved ______ ________ _______________________________________ _______ ____________ Senate 19950110 Introduced, read first time, 06 SF referred to Committee Senate 19941017 Prefiled, referred to Committee 06 SFView additional legislative information at the LPITS web site.
PROPOSING AN AMENDMENT TO THE CONSTITUTION OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1895, BY ADDING ARTICLE X-A SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT BEGINNING IN 2000 THE PROPERTY TAX MILLAGE OF THE COUNTIES, MUNICIPALITIES, AND OTHER POLITICAL SUBDIVISIONS OF THIS STATE MUST NOT BE INCREASED IN AN EVEN-NUMBERED YEAR EXCEPT TO MEET EMERGENCY, NONRECURRING SITUATIONS AND TO PROVIDE THAT IN 1999 THIS PROPERTY TAX MILLAGE MUST NOT BE INCREASED IN AN ODD-NUMBERED YEAR EXCEPT BY FAVORABLE REFERENDUM.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
SECTION 1. It is proposed that the Constitution of this State be amended by adding:
Section 1. Beginning in 2000, there may not be an increase in the property tax millage of a county, municipality, or other political subdivision of this State in an even-numbered year including 2000 unless the increase is necessary to meet an emergency, nonrecurring situation. The General Assembly by general law may provide for those situations which may be considered to be emergency, nonrecurring situations within the meaning of this section. The General Assembly by general law shall provide for the procedures to be followed by the governing body of the county, municipality, or subdivision when increasing the property tax millage as authorized by this section. The increase is effective only for the even-numbered year when imposed.
Section 2. Beginning in 1999, there may not be an increase in the property tax millage of a county, municipality, or other political subdivision of this State in an odd-numbered year unless the increase has been approved by the qualified electors of the county, municipality, or subdivision at a referendum held for this purpose at the same time as the general election in the previous even-numbered year. The increase, if approved in the referendum, is effective for the odd-numbered year following the referendum and continues each year after the odd-numbered year. The referendum may be called by the governing body of the county, municipality, or subdivision or may be called by petition of not less than fifteen percent of the qualified electors of the county, municipality, or subdivision. The General Assembly by general law shall provide for the conduct of the referendums and the filing of the petitions, and the cost of the referendums must be paid by the county, municipality, or subdivision."
SECTION 2. The proposed amendment must be submitted to the qualified electors at the next general election for representatives. Ballots must be provided at the various voting precincts with the following words printed or written on the ballots:
"Must the Constitution of this State be amended by adding Article X-A so as to provide that beginning in 2000 the property tax millage of the counties, municipalities, and other political subdivisions of this State may not be increased in an even-numbered year except to meet emergency, nonrecurring situations, and to provide that beginning in 1999 this property tax millage may not be increased in an odd-numbered year except by favorable referendum?
Those voting in favor of the question shall deposit a ballot with a check or cross mark in the square after the word `Yes', and those voting against the question shall deposit a ballot with a check or cross mark in the square after the word `No'."