On November 2nd, Beaufort County voters will be asked to consider the question of a 1-cent sales tax that would reduce property taxes and provide additional funds to municipalities for locally-directed investment.
South Carolina state law authorizes counties, with voter approval, to leverage sales tax dollars (known as local option sales tax) to reduce the burden of property tax on local residents. Specifically, the tax is allocated as follows:
- 71% of revenues collected under the program go directly to property tax reduction for local residents (real property, vehicles, boats, etc.)
- 29% of revenues are allocated directly to local governments for inclusion in locally-directed investments (programs, infrastructure, etc.)
In South Carolina 32 of 46 counties already use this tool to reduce property taxes for their residents. As a destination for tourism, a portion of the income generated from this tax is anticipated to come from visitors from outside Beaufort County.
Help us BOOST Bluffton as we take on these projects
The Town of Bluffton’s parks are a venue for neighbors to gather and family and friends to make memories. Additional funds from the proposed Local Option Sales Tax (Local Option Sales Tax) will help fund new parks as well as help maintain and enhance existing parks such as the Oscar Frazier Park, Oyster Factory Park, DuBois Park, Pritchard Pocket Park and the Wright Family Park. In the upcoming fiscal year, work will begin on the New Riverside Park and Barn Property and design work to rehabilitate the Squire Pope Cottage, located in the Wright Family Park, will also begin. Parks and open spaces are a priority for Bluffton’s Town Council for they are essential components in enhancing the experience for residents and guests.
Bluffton continues replacing septic tanks with sanitary sewer in communities which did not have the benefit of pre-planned infrastructure. Those areas include Buck Island-Simmonsville community and the Historic District. The final phase of the Buck Island-Simmonsville community will begin shortly and is scheduled to be complete by Spring 2022. Phase 1 (Pritchard Street) of the Historic District Sewer Project was recently completed and the Town will soon begin on Phase 2 of the Historic District Sewer Project. If the local options sales tax is approved, funding could be used in projects such as these to protect the town’s and region’s delicate ecosystem.
Lighting & Sidewalks
Lighting and sidewalks enhance the life experience of Bluffton residents for they safely connect neighbors to neighbors, neighborhoods to neighborhoods and neighbors and businesses. The Town of Bluffton is continuing to construct sidewalks in the Goethe-Shults and the Buck Island-Simmonsville communities, as well as on Boundary Street in the Historic District. Walkability is a key component to quality of life and remains a high priority for Town Council.
The May River is Bluffton’s cultural, environmental and economic centerpiece. As a “A river town of the South,” it is one of the main reasons people move here. Protecting the watershed and preventing pollutants reaching the May River and surrounding waterways, is and will always be one of Town Council’s priority. Additional funds from the local options sales tax, stormwater projects will most likely be among the projects to benefit. When more actions can be implemented to protect our natural resources, our quality of life is also protected.
Learn more and calculate your savings by visiting the BOOST Our Communities website.