Hang on to your hats. Three Tax Increases on the Nov 8 Ballot

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Hang on to your hats , one more reason to vote early.



Listed below is a sample ballot for Beaufort County
Depending on your residence your ballot may contain local measures and additional candidates.

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Riverbend has virtually the same ballot, exceptions being their Representative for the State House

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KNOW WHAT YOU ARE VOTING FOR

Please note Three Tax Hikes are on the ballot

Question #1 Beaufort County 1% Capital Projects sales tax . BCRP Recommends Vote NO

Question # 2 $217,000,000 Beaufort County School District General Obligation Bonds. BCRP Recommends Vote NO

Question # 3 Beaufort County School District 1% sales tax. BCRP Recommends Vote NO

It appears the School District is covering its bases by asking for a Bond issue as well as the 1% sales tax.

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COUNTY:

US Congressional District: 01
SC Senate District: 46
SC House District: 118

County Council: 06
School District: 06
Magistrate Jury Area: 072

BEAUFORT COUNTY BOARD OF VOTER REGISTRATION & ELECTIONS PO Box 1228 Phone Number: (843)2556900 Beaufort SC 29901 Email: voter@bcgov.net

THE FOLLOWING ELECTIONS ARE INCLUDED IN THIS SAMPLE BALLOT Statewide General Election 0 SAMPLE BALLOT – BEAUFORT COUNTY STATEWIDE GENERAL ELECTION

President and Vice President You may vote for One.
Hillary Rodham Clinton / Timothy Michael Kaine ( Democratic )
Darrell Castle / Scott Bradley ( Constitution )
Evan McMullin / Nathan Johnson ( Independence )
Jill Stein / Ajamu Baraka ( Green )
BCRP Supports Donald J Trump / Michael R Pence ( Republican )
Peter Skewes / Michael Lacy ( American )
Gary Johnson / Bill Weld ( Libertarian )

U.S. Senate You may vote for One.
Thomas Dixon ( Democratic )
Thomas Dixon ( Working families )
Bill Bledsoe ( Constitution )
Thomas Dixon ( Green )
BCRP Supports Tim Scott ( Republican )
Rebel Michael Scarborough ( American ) Bill Bledsoe ( Libertarian )
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U.S. House of Representatives District 01 You may vote for One.
Dimitri Cherny ( Democratic )
Dimitri Cherny ( Working Families )
Dimitri Cherny ( Green )
BCRP Supports Mark Sanford ( Republican )
Albert Travison ( American )
Michael Grier Jr ( Libertarian )
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State Senate District 46 You may vote for One.
BCRP Supports Tom Davis ( Republican )
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State House of Representatives District 118 You may vote for One.
BCRP Supports Bill Herbkersman ( Republican )
Alfred A North ( American )
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Solicitor Circuit 14
You may vote for One.
BCRP Supports Duffie Stone ( Republican )
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Clerk of Court You may vote for One.
BCRP Supports Jerri Roseneau ( Republican )
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Coroner You may vote for One.
BCRP Supports Ed Allen ( Republican )
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Soil and Water District Commission You may vote for One.
Denise M Parsick ( Nonpartisan )
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School Board District 06 You may vote for One.
Stephen B Bacon ( Nonpartisan )
Patricia Felton-Montgomery ( Nonpartisan )
Paul Roth ( Nonpartisan )
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Local Questions

Local Question #1 BCRP recommends Vote NO

BEAUFORT COUNTY ONE PERCENT CAPITAL PROJECTS SALES TAX REFERENDUM MUST A SPECIAL ONE PERCENT SALES AND USE TAX BE IMPOSED IN BEAUFORT COUNTY FOR NOT MORE THAN FOUR (4) YEARS TO RAISE THE AMOUNTS SPECIFIED FOR THE FOLLOWING PURPOSES?

CATEGORY 1, PUBLIC SAFETY:

Jenkins Island (Windmill Harbour) Roadway Improvements $7,400,000
Pinckney Island Road Improvements $2,000,000
County Safe Routes to Schools (11): $4,640,000
Salem Road/Old Salem Road/Burton Hill Road
Burnt Church Road and Ulmer Road Pathway and Intersection Improvements Joe Frazier Road Meridian Road Middle Road/Coosa Safe Routes to School Stuart Point Sidewalk US 17 Pathway Extension Big Road Seabrook Road Pine Grove Road/Burton Wells Road Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive
EMS Facilities – Bluffton/Pritchardville and Burton $6,000,000
Implementation of US 278 Traffic Safety Study Recommendations $5,600,000
Detention Center Security Improvements and Repairs $1,000,000 278
Improvements Jenkins Island to Squire Pope Road $4,500,000
Sheriffs Office Communication Equipment $6,255,698 Sheriffs Office Traffic Management Improvements $836,955
Buck Island and Simmonsville Road Improvement between May River Road and US 278 $750,000
ilton Head Island Safe Routes to Schools (2): $2,910,000
Main Street West and Connections to US 278 William Hilton Parkway Eastbound – Gardner Drive to Jarvis Park Resurfacing of Town of Port Royal-Owned Roads $2,500,000
Port Royal Sidewalk Construction $300,000
Sub Total: $44,692,653

CATEGORY 2, ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT:

Bluffton Sanitary Sewer Installation and Connection $4,000,000
Stoney Creek Sub-Basin Pond Improvements and Wetlands Restoration $4,250,000 Rose Dhu Creek Sub-Basin Pond Improvements and Wetlands Restoration $1,750,000
Oyster Factory Park Improvements $2,000,000
Daufuskie Island Consolidation of Island-Wide Solid Waste Disposal $1,800,000 Sub Total: $13,800,000

CATEGORY 3, ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT:

Waddell Mariculture Improvements $750,000
Beaufort Downtown Parking Garage $13,000,000
Calhoun Street Dock Improvements and Expansion $750,000
Construction of New Port Spine Road (Port Redevelopment) $4,500,000
TCL Culinary Arts Teaching Institute and the Health Sciences Expansion $10,000,000
Sub Total: $29,000,000

CATEGORY 4, QUALITY OF LIFE:

US 21 ITS Bridge System $500,000
Waterfront Park and Marina Improvements and Southside Park Improvements $4,000,000
Acquisition and Paving of Certain Dirt Roads on Hilton Head Island (21): $7,000,000
Aiken Place Allen Road Mackerel Drive Pine Field Road Sassafras Lane Clifford Miller Road Oraqe Road Amelia Court Amelia Drive Bligen Road Cobia Court Murray Avenue Outlaw Road Adell Lane Alice Perry Drive Benjamin Drive Great Barracuda Lane Horse Sugar Lane Mitchellville Road Ext Triqqerfish Trail Christopher Drive Arts ,
Entertainment & Cultural Campus $6,202,000
Pavilion at Historic Mitchelville Freedom Park $210,000
Hilton Head Island Recreation Center Expansion $10,000,000
Daufuskie Island Road Right-of-Ways $1,350,000
USCB Academic/OLLI Building (Bluffton Campus) $3,150,000
Sub Total: $32,412,000
TOTAL ESTIMATED COST OF ALL PROJECTS: $119,904,653

In order to pay the costs of the capital projects pending receipt of the sales tax revenues, must the County also be authorized to issue not exceeding $130,000,000 of its general obligation bonds and pledge the proceeds of sales tax, if authorized, to the payment thereof? The maximum amount of net proceeds of the tax which may be used to pay the cost or debt service on the bonds must not exceed $10,095,347.
The maximum amount of sales tax that may be collected must not exceed the sum of $130,000,000 which includes the direct costs of the capital projects, plus the amount of $10,095,347 being the maximum amount of cost or debt service on bonds that may be paid from such source. “The $130,000,000 is to be repaid from the net proceeds of the sales and use tax and if such sales and use tax is inadequate to repay the $130,000,000 any balance shall be paid by Beaufort County.
INSTRUCTIONS TO VOTERS: All qualified electors desiring to vote in favor of imposing the tax for the stated purposes and authorizing the general obligation bonds in connection therewith as outlined above and subject to the limitations and conditions set forth above shall vote “YES” and all qualified electors opposed to levying the tax and issuing such general obligation bonds shall vote “NO”. Yes

No Local Question #2 BCRP recommends Vote NO

$217,000,000 GENERAL OBLIGATION BONDS, SCHOOL DISTRICT OF BEAUFORT COUNTY, SC

Shall the Board of Education of the School District of Beaufort County, South Carolina (the “School District”) be empowered to issue, at one time or from time to time, general obligation bonds of the School District, in a principal amount of not exceeding $217,000,000, the proceeds of which shall be used to finance the costs (including architectural, engineering, legal and related fees) of acquiring, constructing, improving, equipping, expanding, renovating and repairing school facilities, including land acquisition, within the School District, as follows:
Additions/renovations to existing facilities:
Beaufort High School Bluffton High School Hilton Head High School Hilton Head Middle School May River High School River Ridge Academy Riverview Charter School Robert Smalls International Academy Whale Branch Early College High School HVAC upgrades to existing facilities: Battery Creek High School Beaufort Middle School Beaufort Elementary School Bluffton Elementary School Bluffton High School Coosa Elementary School District Educational Services Center H. E. McCracken Middle School Hilton Head High School Hilton Head Middle School Lady’s Island Middle School District Office Maintenance Building Port Royal Elementary School Okatie Elementary School Whale Branch Elementary School Roof replacement and waterproofing to existing facilities: Beaufort High School Bluffton Elementary School H.E. McCracken Middle School Hilton Head Island High School Hilton Head International Baccalaureate (Red and Yellow) Hilton Head School for the Creative Arts Hilton Head Middle School Joseph S. Shanklin Elementary School Lady’s Island Middle School District Office Maintenance Building Islands Academy (at District Educational Services Center) District Educational Services Center Robert Smalls International Academy Whale Branch Middle School Constructing and equipping of new facilities: Two new schools, one of which with future additions as necessary in the Bluffton Area Land acquisition:
Purchase land for new school facilities If the voter wishes to vote in favor of the question, fill in the oval next to “In favor of the question;” if the voter wishes to vote against the question, fill in the oval next to the words, “Opposed to the question.” In favor of the question /yes Opposed to the question /no In favor of the question Opposed to the question

Local Question #3 BCRP recommends Vote NO

EDUCATION CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS SALES AND USE TAX ACT REFERENDUM FOR BEAUFORT COUNTY

Must a special one percent education capital improvements sales and use tax be imposed in Beaufort County for 10 years with the revenue of the tax used to pay, directly or indirectly, the costs of the following education capital improvement projects in Beaufort County?

Explanation: A “yes” vote will allow the School District of Beaufort County, South Carolina (the “School District”) to use the one percent sales and use tax to pay, directly or indirectly, the costs of the projects identified below.

A “no” vote will prevent the School District from imposing a sales and use tax and prevent the School District from using the one percent sales and use tax to finance the costs of the projects.

The revenue of the sales and use tax shall be used by the School District of Beaufort County to reduce property taxes, to pay debt service on School District bonds, and to directly pay costs of the following education capital improvements projects of the School District:

Additions/renovations to existing facilities:
Beaufort High School Bluffton High School Hilton Head High School Hilton Head Middle School May River High School River Ridge Academy Riverview Charter School Robert Smalls International Academy Whale Branch Early College High School HVAC upgrades to existing facilities:

Battery Creek High School Beaufort Middle School Beaufort Elementary School Bluffton Elementary School Bluffton High School Coosa Elementary School District Educational Services Center H. E. McCracken Middle School Hilton Head High School Hilton Head Middle School Lady’s Island Middle School District Office Maintenance Building Port Royal Elementary School Okatie Elementary School Whale Branch Elementary School

Roof replacement and waterproofing to existing facilities:
Beaufort High School Bluffton Elementary School H.E. McCracken Middle School Hilton Head Island High School Hilton Head International Baccalaureate (Red and Yellow) Hilton Head School for the Creative Arts Hilton Head Middle School Joseph S. Shanklin Elementary School Lady’s Island Middle School District Office Maintenance Building Islands Academy (at District Educational Services Center) District Educational Services Center Robert Smalls International Academy Whale Branch Middle School

Constructing and equipping of new facilities:
Two new schools, one of which with future additions as necessary in the Bluffton Area Land acquisition:
Purchase land for new school facilities

If the voter wishes to vote in favor of the question, fill in the oval next to “In favor of the question;”

if the voter wishes to vote against the question, fill in the oval next to the words, “Opposed to the question.” In favor of the question /yes Opposed to the question /no In favor of the question Opposed to the question

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