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

December 23, 1884

Acts and Joint Resolutions of the General Assembly of South Carolina 1884, Pages 714-716.

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 the County Board of School Examiners of Chester County be, and the same are hereby, authorized and required to lay off a new township within the limits of Baton Rouge School District in Chester County, to be known as Wilkesburg School District No.11, the boundary line whereof shall begin at the residence of William T. Dallas and running thence West to the intersection with Turkey Creek, thence Southward to the residence of E. T. Wade, thence Eastward to the residence of Mrs. Elizabeth Carter, thence running Northward with said line to the beginning.

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 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 15th day of March next, and again on or before the 1st of November, A. D. 1885, and on or before the last named day in each succeeding year, call a meeting of all the legal voters living in said district and returning real 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 County of Chester and posted on the door of Wilkesburg Academy at least twenty days before the said meeting. The persons answering the above designation 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 such 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 No tax thus levied shall be repealed at a subsequent meeting held within the same fiscal year.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 week thereafter, notify the Chairman of the Board of Trustees and the County Auditor of the amount of the 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 if unpaid it shall be a lien on all property for two years; 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 1st November, 1884.

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 This Act shall take effect from its passage, and all Acts inconsistent therewith are hereby repealed.

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

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

Approved: December 23d, A.D. 1884.
Hugh S. Thompson, Governor.

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