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An Act to Provide for the Establishment of a New School District in Chester and Fairfield Counties, to be Known as Blackstock School District, and to Authorize the Levy and Collection of a Local Tax Therein.

February 9, 1882

Acts and Joint Resolutions of the General Assembly of South Carolina 1881-1882, Pages 1045-1047.

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 one or more graded public schools in the town of Blackstock, the County Commissioners of the Counties of Chester and Fairfield be, and they are hereby, authorized and required to lay off a new School District, to be known as Blackstock School District, said District to have the depot of the Charlotte, Columbia, and Augusta Railroad Company at Blackstock for its centre, and to extend two (2) miles to the north, and two (2) miles to the south thereof, and three (3) miles to the east, and three (3) miles to the west thereof, so as to form a square.

SEC. 2. The said School District shall be, and is hereby, created a body politic and corporate, with such government, rights, privileges, and liabilities, as other School Districts under the Act approved 22 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, in the mode following. to wit: The School Trustees of said District may, on or before the 15th day of April next, and again on or before the 1st of October, 1882, and on or before the last named day of each succeeding year, call a meeting of all the legal voters living in said District and returning real and personal property therein; that a notice of said meeting specifying the time place and object thereof, shall be posted in five public places in the School District at least fifteen 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 No tax thus levied shall be repealed at a subsequent meeting held within the same fiscal year.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 meeting shall, within one week thereafter, notify the Chairman of the Board of Trustees and the County Auditors of the said Counties of Chester and Fairfield of the amount of the tax thus levied and how it has been appropriated, and the Auditors of said Counties shall at once assess such tax on all real and personal property in their respective Counties returned in said District, and the County Treasurers of said Counties shall collect the same with the State and County tax, and it shall be a lien on all property till 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 said County Treasurers for purpoes to which it has been appropriated on warrants drawn by the Trustees of said District, countersigned by the County School Commissioners of their respective Counties, and said Treasurers shall be liable to said School District for non-performance of their duty in respect to said moneys in the same manner, and under like penalties, as for non-performance of their duty in reference to State and County taxes. The first assessment under this Act may be for the scholastic year beginning on 1st November, 1881.

SEC. 4. This Act shall take effect from the date of its passage, and all Acts inconsistent therewith are hereby repealed.

In the Senate House, the ninth 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 9th, A.D. 1882.
Johnson Hagood, Governor.

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