Revenue from the tax, already in place in Berkeley and Charleston counties, is used to reduce property tax bills. Supporters say it would bring down the overall tax burden for most property owners. Opponents say it would benefit the wealthiest property owners the most and is inherently unfair to lower income residents who own no or little real property.
In Summerville, retired Solicitor and District 3 incumbent Walter Bailey is facing a challenge from attorney John C. Hinson. Not so unexpectedly, this campaign is over the incumbent’s record.
Hinson says parts of district have declined under Bailey’s watch and district residents need a council member open to their input.
Bailey said that during his first term efforts to move the town forward were hampered by the slump in the economy, but now the economy is picking up. He looks forward to keeping the town’s character intact while it continues to grow and prosper.
District 3 is a strip of the town from Miler Country Club to Gahagan, including part of the town’s historic district.
In Lincolnville, Mayor Tyrone Aiken is challenged by Councilman Charles Duberry in a familiar face-off of the two opponents. The key issue is public safety, whether services such as police protection can be improved.
In upper Dorchester County, the sole contested race is for Harleyville Town Council. Two incumbents, Brenda Davis and Kenneth Weatherspoon, face a challenger, Susan Bishop, for two council seats.
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