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

January 2, 1880

Acts and Joint Resolutions of the General Assembly of South Carolina 1879, Pages 9-10.

SECTION 1. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Repre sentatives 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 graded public schools in the town of Chester, the County Commissioners of Chester County be, and they are hereby, authorized and required to lay off a new township to be known as Court House Township, embracing an area of three miles square, having Chester court house as the center and the boundary lines thereof parallel to the corporate limits of said town.

SEC. 2. That said township shall also constitute a school district, and the inhabitants thereof shall be, and are hereby, created a body politic and corporate, with such government, rights, privileges and liabilities as other school districts, under the Act approved the 22d of March, 1878.

SEC. 3. The said school district is also hereby authorized and empowered to levy on all real and personal property returned in said district a local tax, not exceeding two mills on the dollar, to supplement the constitutional tax for support of said schools by the persons and in the mode following, to wit:

The School Trustees of said district shall, on or before the 15th day of January next, and again on or before the 1st of October, A. D. 1880, and on or before the last named day in each succeeding year, call a meeting of all the legal voters living in said district and returning real or personal property therein; that a notice of said meeting, specifying the time, place and object thereof, shall be published in one newspaper or more in the said district, and posted on the court house door and at the post office therein, at least ten days before the said meeting. The persons answering the above designation, when thus assembled, shall appoint a Chairman and Secretary, adjourn from time to time, decide what additional tax, if any, shall be levied, and appropriate the same in such manner as they may think best for maintaining said schools. No tax thus levied shall be repealed at a subsequent meeting held within the same fiscal year. The Chairman of the said meeting shall, in one week thereafter, notify the Chairman of the Board of Trustees and the County Auditor of the amount of the tax thus levied and how it has been appropriated, and the County Auditor shall at once assess such tax on all real and personal property returned in said district or township, and the County Treasurer shall collect the same with the State and County tax; and it shall be a lien on all property till paid, and defaulting taxpayers shall be liable to like process and penalties as defaulters for State and County taxes.

The money collected from said tax levy shall be paid out by the County Treasurer for purposes to which it has been appropriated, on warrants drawn by the Trustees of said district, countersigned by the County School Commissioner; and said Treasurer shall be liable to said school district for non-performance of his duty in respect to said moneys in same manner and under like penalties as for non-performance of his duty in reference to State and County taxes.

The first assessment under this Act shall be for the scholastic year beginning on 1st November, 1879.

This Act shall take effect from the date of its passage, and all Acts inconsistent therewith are hereby repealed.

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

JANUARY 2, 1880.

The foregoing Act having been presented to the Governor of this State for his approval, and not having been approved or returned by him to that branch of the General Assembly in which it originated within the time prescribed by the Constitution, has become a law without his approval.

Secretary of State.

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