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

February 4, 1882

Acts and Joint Resolutions of the General Assembly of South Carolina 1881-1882, Pages 766-767.

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 public school in the town of Varnville, Hampton County, the corporate limits of the said town are hereby declared to be a new school district, to be known as the Varnville School District.

SEC. 2. That 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 first day of June next, and again on or before the same 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 (10) 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 No tax thus levied shall be repealed at a subsequent meeting held within the same fiscal year.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 (1) week thereafter, notify the Chairman of the Board of Trustees and the County Auditor of the amount of 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, and the County Treasurer shall collect the same with State and County tax, and it shall be a lien on all property until paid, and defaulting tax-payers 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 the first day of November, 1882.

This Act shall take effect from the date of its passage, and all Acts inconsistent therewith are hereby repealed.

In the Senate House, the third day of February, one thousand eight hundred and eighty-two.

John D. Kennedy, President of the Senate.
John C. Sheppard, Speaker of the House of Representatives.

Approved: February 4th, A.D. 1882.
Johnson Hagood, Governor.

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