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An Act to Provide for the Etablishment of a Separate School District Within the County of Lexington, and Providing for the Levy, Collection, and Appropriation of School Taxes Therein.

February 9, 1882

Acts and Joint Resolutions of the General Assembly of South Carolina 1881-1882, Pages 880-882.

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 Leesville, in the County of Lexington, the County Commissioners of Lexington County be, and they are hereby, authorized and required to lay off a new school district in said County, to be known as Leesville School District, having its location and boundaries as follows: Taking the depot at Leesville as a point of departure, let four lines be run towards the cardinal points of the compass to the following distances, respectively, to wit: The line toward the east, to the distance of three miles; the line towards the south, to the distance of three miles; the line towards the west, to the distance of one mile, and the line towards the north, to the distance of three miles; then let lines be drawn at right angles to the four lines above given, touching the extremity of each, and extended until they cut each other, thereby forming a parallelogram; and the area thus enclosed shall constitute a new school district.

Sec. 2. That the inhabitants of said School District 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 March 22, 1878.

Sec. 3. The said School District is hereby also 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 school by the persons and in the mode following, to wit: The School Trustees of said District shall, on or before the first day of April, 1882, and again on or before the 31st of October, 1882, and on or before the last-named day in each succeeding year, call a meeting of all the legal voters living in said School District, and returning real or personal property therein; that a notice of said meeting, specifying the time, place, and object thereof, shall be posted in three conspicuous places in said District, at least ten days before the said meeting. The persons answering the above description, when thus assembled, shall appoint a Chairman and Secretary, and 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 school; no tax thus levied shall be repealed at a subsequent meeting held within the same fiscal year. The Chairman of said meeting shall, in one 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 or township, and the County Treasurer shall collect the same with the State and County tax; and it shall be a lien on all taxable 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 asssessmcnt under this Act shall 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 eighth 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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