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An Act to Provide for the Establishment of a New School District in the Town of Union, in the County of Union, and the Town of Johnston's, in the County of Edgefield, and to Authorize the Levy and Collection of a Special School Tax Therein.

December 24, 1879

Acts and Joint Resolutions of the General Assembly of South Carolina 1879, Pages 154-156.

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 Union, in the County of Union, and in the town of Johnston’s, in the County of Edgefield, the County Boards of Examiners of said Counties, respectively, be, and they are hereby, authorized and required to lay off a separate school district, having Union Court House and Johnston’s, respectively, as the center, and embracing an area of four miles square, the bounds of said district being, respectively, parallel to corporate limits of said towns.

SEC. 2. That said districts shall have such names as the said County Boards of Examiners may select, and shall be bodies 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 22, 1878.

SEC. 3. That in addition to the rights and privileges hereinbefore granted, the said school districts shall have the power to levy on all real and personal property returned in said district a tax not exceeding one and a half mills on the dollar, subject to the following provisions: The School Trustees of said districts shall, at any time previous to the 30th 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 districts. Such notice shall specify the time and place of meeting, and be published in the County newspaper, or be posted in three conspicuous places in said districts. 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 constitutional school tax apportioned to the use of the schools in said districts, 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: Provided, That at least three-fourths of the taxpayers of said districts shall vote in favor of levying an additional tax for the purpose mentioned. Only those persons shall vote at such meetings
who are citizens of the State and return real or personal property in said districts. 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 Auditors within one week of the amount of the tax thus levied, and the Auditors shall thereupon proceed to assess such tax on all real and personal property returned in said districts. 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 Commissioners, 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 Union and Edgefield Counties are hereby authorized and required to lay off a new township, to be known as Court House Township, and to be coterminous in extent with such school district; the assessment for the scholastic year beginning on the first day of November, 1879, 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 time of its passage.

Thos. B. Jeter, President Pro Tem. of the Senate.
John C. Sheppard, Speaker of the House of Representatives.
William D. Simpson, Governor.

Approved: December 24, 1879

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