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An Act to Provide for a Poll Tax and Penalty for Non-Payment.

March 6, 1899

Acts and Joint Resolutions of the General Assembly of South Carolina 1899, Page 120.

Section 1. Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina, That there shall be assessed upon all taxable polls in this State an annual tax of one dollar on each poll, the proceeds of which tax shall be expended for school purposes in the several school districts in which it is collected. Every male citizen between the ages of twenty-one and sixty years, except those who are exempt by law, shall be deemed taxable polls.

Sec 2. Any person who shall fail or refuse to pay said poll tax, within the. time prescribed by law, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and, on conviction thereof, shall be punished by a fine of not more than ten dollars, or by imprisonment at hard labor on the public works of the county not more than twenty days: Provided, That the county shall not pay the costs or fees of any Constable or Sheriff for the execution of any warrant or other process issued in any case by virtue of the provisions of this section, unless the defendant in such case shall be arrested and convicted.

Sec 3. This Act shall take effect January 1st, 1900.

Approved the 6th Day of March, A.D. 1899.

William H. Ellerbee, Governor.
Miles B. McSweeney, Lt. Governor and President of the Senate.
Frank Boyd Gary, Speaker of the House of Representatives.

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