No public comment sessions scheduled for TIF, but council chairman says opponents can make presentation
The public won’t be able to weigh in Thursday on a presentation to Charleston County Council on the Beach Co.’s controversial financing proposal for Kiawah River Plantation.
Council Chairman Teddie Pryor said the meeting Thursday is for county staffers and the Beach Co. to make a presentation on the impact of forming a special tax district for improvements to the company’s 2,000-acre property on the southern end of Johns Island.
It doesn’t make sense for people to comment on a plan before they know what it is, Pyor said.
But, he said, if an opposition group requests it, he would allow that group to make a presentation to Council’s Finance Committee at its May 2 meeting.
The Finance Committee will vote at that meeting on whether to move forward with the plan, known as a tax-increment financing district or TIF. But even if the committee approves it, the plan would require several more votes by various groups.
Jake Libaire, a project manager for the Coastal Conservation League, a group opposed to the TIF, said he’s sure a citizens group will take Pryor up on his offer.
But he also thinks it’s essential that Council hold a public comment session either on Thursday or at the start of the May 2 Finance Committee meeting. Tax payers should be able to weigh in on the proposal before the Fiance Committee votes, Libaire said, because the TIF would use $84 million in future tax revenue for improvements to the high-end property.
The presentation will be held at 5 p.m. Thursday on the second floor of the Lonnie Hamilton, III Public Services Building at 4045 Bridge View Drive in North Charleston.
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