South Carolina General Assembly
125th Session, 2023-2024
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Indicates Matter Stricken
Indicates New Matter
Sponsors: Senator Gustafson
Companion/Similar bill(s): 4294
Document Path: SR-0395KM23.docx
Introduced in the Senate on May 4, 2023
HISTORY OF LEGISLATIVE ACTIONS
|Date||Body||Action Description with journal page number|
|5/4/2023||Senate||Introduced and read first time (Senate Journal-page 9)|
|5/4/2023||Senate||Referred to Committee on Finance (Senate Journal-page 9)|
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VERSIONS OF THIS BILL
TO AMEND THE SOUTH CAROLINA CODE OF LAWS BY AMENDING SECTION 6-1-320, RELATING TO THE LIMITATION ON MILLAGE INCREASES, SO AS TO ALLOW THE GOVERNING BODY OF A rural COUNTY TO SUSPEND THE LIMITATION FOR THE PURPOSE OF SUPPORTING A FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT.
Whereas, to account for the shortfall and provide essential fire services, counties are forced to establish fees to support the service that disparately affects the citizens of the county; and
Whereas, allowing a rural county to exceed the millage limitation to support fire services would enable the county to cease imposing such fees. Now, therefore,
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
SECTION 1. This act may be cited as the "Funding Fire Act".
(8) for a county council to support a fire protection district in a rural county that was created pursuant to Chapter 19, Title 4, or Chapter 11, Title 6. However, the two-thirds vote of the membership of the membership must occur no later than one year of the effective date of this item. A county council only may utilize the provisions of this item once. Any increased revenue resulting from the suspension of the millage limitation first must be used on a dollar-for-dollar basis to reduce fees or other similar charges that support fire protection. Once all such fees are eliminated, additional revenue must be used to support the fire protection district. For purposes of this subsection, a "rural county" is any county with a population of seventy thousand or less that does not have a full-time fire department that is fully supported by the local applicable fire millage.
SECTION 3. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.
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