Over the objections of one City Council member, North Charleston’s nearly $100 million budget plan containing a small property tax increase, moved forward Thursday.
Councilman Bobby James said he opposes raising nearly a half-million dollars in new property tax for a city budget that gives roughly the same amount of money to nonprofit groups.
He said retirees in his council district need money, just as nonprofit groups do.
The proposed property tax increase would cost someone with a home worth $150,000 another $6 a year, bringing the city’s bill to $570.
Councilwoman Dorothy Williams was absent the committee meeting. Other than Jameson, the remaining council members voted to recommend the budget for approval.