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

December 22, 1882

Acts and Joint Resolutions of the General Assembly of South Carolina 1882, Pages 120-122.

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 Orangeburg, in the County of Orangeburg, the County Board of Examiners of Orangeburg County be, and they are hereby, authorized and required to lay off a separate School District to be composed of the incorparate limits of the town of Orangeburg.

Sec. 2. That said School District shall have such name as the County Board of Examiners of Orangeburg County may select, and shall be a body politic and corporate, with such government, rights, privileges and liabilities as are now provided for School Districts by the School Law of South Carolina.

Sec. 3. That in addition to the rights and privileges hereinbefore granted the said School District shall have the power to levy and collect a tax on the assessed value of all real and personal property returned in said School District, not exceeding three mills on the dollar, subject to the following provision: The School Trustees of said School District shall at any time previous to the 30th day of June of each year, upon the written request of ten of the property holders in said School District, issue a call for a meeting, after two weeks' notice, of all those citizens who return real or personal property in said School District. Such notice shall specify the time, place of meeting, and be published in the County newspaper, and be posted in three conspicuous places in said School District. The persons entitled to vote in said meeting shall have power, first, to appoint a Chairman and Secretary; second, to adjourn from time to time; third, to decide whether, in addition to the amount of the Constitutional school tax apportioned to the use of the schools in said district, 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, furnishing, repairing and improvement of school houses or for incidental expenses. Only those persons shall vote at such meetings who are citizens of the State and return real or personal property in said School District. 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 Auditor, within one week, of the amount of the tax thus levied, and the said Auditor shall thereupon proceed to assess such tax on all real and personal property returned in said School District. The County Treasurer shall collect this tax at the time and in the manner provided for collecting the State and County taxes, and it shall be a lien on all property until paid as is provided for in case of State and County taxes. The proceeds arising from said tax shall be kept separate and be paid out by the County Treasurer of Orangeburg County in warrants drawn by the School Trustees for said District, countersigned by the School Commissioner of said County, and the said Treasurer shall be liable to all penalties now prescribed by law for the non-performance or neglect of duty.

Sec. 4. That all Acts and parts of Acts inconsistent with this Act be, and the same are hereby, repealed.

In the Senate House, the twenty-second day of December, one thousand eight hundred and eighty-two.

John C. Sheppard, President of the Senate.
James Simons, Jr., Speaker of the House of Representatives.

Approved: December 22d, A.D. 1882.
Hugh S. Thompson, Governor.

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