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An Act to Provide for the Establishment of a New School District in the County of Darlington, to be Known as the School District of the Town of Timmonsville, and to Authorize the Levy and Collection of a Local School Tax Therein.

December 24, 1883

Acts and Joint Resolutions of the General Assembly of South Carolina 1883, Pages 640-641.

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 graded public schools in the town of Timmonsville and for promoting their efficiency, the area embraced in the corporate limits of the town of Timmonsville is hereby declared to be a new school district, to be known as the school district of the town of Timmonsville.

Sec. 2. That the said school district 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 a tax on the assessed value of all real and personal property returned in said school district not exceeding two mills on the dollar, subject to the following provision: The Town Council of the town of Timmonsville shall at any time previous to the first day of June of each year, upon the written request of five 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 and place of meeting, and be advertised by posting in three conspicuous places in said school district. The Town Council of the town of Timmonsville shall cause to be prepared a list of all the voters hereinbefore provided for, a certified copy of which shall be turned over to the Secretary of said meeting. 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 constitutional school tax apportioned to the use of the schools in said district, it is deemed expedient to levy an additional 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; fourth, to elect four School Trustees, who shall constitute a School Board; 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 keep a correct record of all the proceedings and to file the same in the office of the Intendant and furnish a certified copy of the same to the County Auditor of Darlington County, and the said County Auditor shall enter such additional levy upon the tax duplicate of said County as shall be determined by said meeting. The said additional tax to be collected by the County Treasurer of Darlington and held by him for the exclusive benefit of the schools of said school district of Timmonsville herein provided for.

Sec. 4. That the County Treasurer shall hold the constitutional school tax and poll tax to which said school district is entitled under the general provisions of law, together with the taxes herein provided for, subject to the warrant of the Board of School Trustees of said school district.

Sec. 5. That the Board of School Trustees shall have power to assess upon each scholar as supplementary tuition fees such sum or sums as may be necessary to meet the expenses of said schools; and the said Board of School Trustees shall discharge the same duties in the town which are required in the school districts in the County, and it is hereby invested with all of the duties, privileges and powers as given by law to the Examining Board of said County.

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

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

Approved: December 24th, A.D. 1883.
Hugh S. Thompson, Governor.

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