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An Act to Provide for the Establishment of a New School District in the County of Fairfield, and to Authorize the Levy and Collection of a Special School Tax Therein.

December 23, 1878

Acts and Joint Resolutions of the General Assembly of South Carolina 1878, Pages 749-750.

SECTION 1. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of South Carolina, now met and sitting in General Assembly, and by the authority of the same, That for the purpose of maintaining a graded public school in the town of Winnsboro, the County Board of Examiners of Fairfield County be, and they are hereby, authorized and required to lay off a separate school district, having Fairfield Court House as the center, and embracing an area of four miles square, the bounds of said district being respectively parallel to the corporate limits of said town.

SEC. 2. That said district shall have such name as the County Board of Examiners of Fairfield may select; and shall be a body politic and corporate, with such government, rights, privileges and liabilities as are provided for school districts by the school law of South Carolina, approved March 22d, A. D. 1878.

SEC. 3. That, in addition to the rights and privileges hereinbefore granted, the said school district shall have the power to levy on all real and personal property returned in said district a tax not exceeding one and one-half mills on the dollar, subject to the following provisions:

The school trustees of said district shall at any time previous to the 30th day of June of each year, upon the written request of three property holders, issue a call for a meeting, after one week’s notice, of all those citizens who return real or personal property in said district. Such notice shall specify the time and place of notice, and be published in the County newspaper or be posted in three conspicuous places in said district.

The persons entitled to vote in said meeting shall have the power:

First. To appoint a Chairman and Secretary;
Second. To adjourn from time to time;
Third. To decide whether, in addition to the amount of the constitutional school tax apportioned to the use of the schools in said district, it is deemed expedient to levy an additional district tax, not to exceed the limit hereinbefore mentioned, for the pay of teachers’ salaries or the building and improvement of school houses or for incidental expenses.

Only those persons shall vote at such meetings who are citizens of the State and return real or personal property in said district.

No tax thus levied shall be repealed at any subsequent meeting.

It shall be the duty of the Chairman of such meeting to notify the County Auditor, within one week, of the amount of the tax thus levied, and the Auditor shall thereupon proceed to assess such tax on all real and personal property returned in said district.

The County Treasurer shall collect this tax at the time of collecting the State and County taxes, and it shall be a lien on all property until paid, as is provided for in the case of State and County taxes.

The proceeds arising from said tax shall be paid out by the County Treasurer on warrants from the school trustees, countersigned by the County School Commissioner, and he shall be liable to all penalties prescribed elsewhere for non-performance of duty.

For convenience in assessing such tax, the County Commissioners of Fairfield County are hereby authorized and required to lay off a new township, to be known as Township No. 14, and to be coterminous in extent with such school district; the assessment for the scholastic year beginning on the 1st November, 1878, to be made by the County Auditor immediately after he shall have been notified by the said Chairman of the amount of the tax so levied.

That all Acts and parts of Acts inconsistent with this Act be, and the same are hereby, repealed.

That this Act shall take effect from the date of its passage.

Thos. B. Jeter, President Pro Tem. of the Senate.
J. C. Sheppard, Speaker of the House of Representatives.
Wade Hampton, III, Governor.

Approved: December 23, 1878

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