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

December 24, 1886

Acts and Joint Resolutions of the General Assembly of South Carolina 1886, Pages 734-736.
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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 public schools in the Town of Marion, the County Board of Examiners of Marion County be, and they are hereby, authorized and required to lay off a separate school district, having Catfish Creek as a Western boundary, and extending East two and one-fourth miles, in all other directions three miles from Marion Court House.

Sec. 2. That the said district shall be known as the School District of the Town of Marion, and shall be a body politic and corporate, with such rights, privileges and liabilities as are provided for school districts by the school laws of South Carolina, approved March 22nd, 1878.

Sec. 3. That in addition to the rights and privileges heretofore granted, the said school district shall have power to levy on all real and personal property returned in said district a tax not exceeding two and one-half mills on the dollar, subject to the following provisions: The School Trustees of the said district shall, at any time they may deem expedient, previous to the 30th day of June of each year, issue a call for a public meeting of all citizens who return real or personal property for taxation in said district, and shall publish a notice of the time, place and object of such meeting in at least one newspaper published within said district for at least two weeks before such meeting.

Sec. 4. When the persons answering the above description shall have assembled in public meeting, they shall have the power to select a Chairman and Secretary, to adjourn from time to time, and to decide what additional tax, if any, shall be levied: Provided, That no tax thus levied shall be repealed or changed within the same year.

Sec. 5. That the County Board of Examiners of Marion County are hereby authorized and required to appoint a Board of five Trustees for said school district, who shall hold office for two years from their appointment and until their successors shall be appointed, and all vacancies in the Board of Trustees shall be filled by appointment of the Board of Examiners.

Sec. 6. The said Trustees, or a majority of them, in addition to the duties and powers now provided by law for Trustees of school districts, shall have the following powers and duties: (1.) To provide by lease or otherwise suitable buildings for the use of the public schools of said school district. (2.) To elect and dismiss superintendents and teachers of the public schools in said school district; to prescribe their duties, terms of office and to fix their salaries, and to make rules and regulations for the government of said schools. (3.) To determine the manner in which the tax heretofore authorized shall be expended in maintaining said schools. (4.) To fix the rate of tuition to be charged for pupils residing outside of the said district.

Sec. 7. It shall be the duty of the Chairman and Secretary of said public meeting, within one week after said meeting has been held, to notify the Chairman of the said Board of Trustees of said school district and the Auditor of the County of the amount of the tax thus levied; and the Auditor shall at once assess such tax on all real and personal property returned in said school district, and the County Treasurer shall collect the same with the State and County taxes, and such tax shall be a lien on all property until paid, and defaulting taxpayers shall be liable to like process and penalties as defaulters for State and County taxes.

Sec. 8. The money collected from such tax levy, the poll tax, and the portion of the Constitutional two mill tax to which the said district is entitled under the general provisions of the law, shall be held by the County Treasurer and paid out on warrants drawn by the Trustees of said school district, and said Treasurer shall be liable to said school district for the non-performance of his duty in respect to said money in same manner and to same extent, and under like penalties, as for non-performance of his duty in respect to State and County taxes.

Sec 9. For convenience in assessing and collecting such taxes, the County Commissioners of Marion County are hereby authorized and required to lay off a new township, with such name and number as they may select, to be coterminous in extent with said school district, and all that portion of the township and school district now known as No. 10, Marion Township, which lies outside of the proposed new school district and new township, shall be added to the adjoining townships and school districts, or a new township and new school district made thereof, as in the judgment of the Boards of County Commissioners and Examiners, as now provided by law, will best protect the interests and convenience of the citizens of said communities.

Sec. 10. That an Act entitled "An Act to provide for the establishment of a new school district in Marion, and to authorize the levy and collection of a local tax therein," approved December 24th, 1883, be, and the same is hereby, repealed, and all other Acts or parts of Acts inconsistent with this Act are hereby repealed.

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

William L. Mauldin, President of the Senate.
James Simons, Jr., Speaker of the House of Representatives.

Approved: December 24th, A.D. 1886.
John P. Richardson, Governor.

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