Folly Beach voters will go to the polls from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday and decide whether to re-elect or replace their mayor and three City Council members.
Mayor Tim Goodwin faces a challenge from former City Administrator Toni Connor-Rooks. The mayor's position pays $9,600 a year.
Goodwin, Connor-Rooks and City Attorney Ben Peeples signed an agreement on May 29, when she resigned, as administrator. It says if Connor-Rooks returns to work for Folly Beach "in any capacity, she agrees to pay back the ($100,000) amount paid to her under this agreement prior to resuming employment with the city."
Connor-Rooks has said her attorney's draft stipulated that she would agree to repay the money if she was rehired as "a city administrator or any similar supervisory position within 36 months from the date of this agreement."
Peeples has said the mayor appears to be an employee because the position receives a modest salary and gets a W-2 form and the right to buy health insurance coverage from the state, an option only city employees are eligible for.
If Connor-Rooks were to win and refuse to pay back the $100,000, City Council could work with her to modify the agreement or simply overlook it, or the city could refuse to swear her in, he said.
Meanwhile, City Council incumbents Pennell Clamp, Paul Hume and Dale Stuckey face challengers Ed Iames, John F. Merritt Jr. and D.J. Rich.
The top three council candidates likely will win, though city ordinance says that to win, a council candidate must receive at least one more vote than the total number of votes cast divided by six.
Folly has 2,247 registered voters, according to the Charleston County Board of Elections and Voter Registration, and 58 of them - or 2 percent - have received absentee ballots.
All voting will occur at the Baptist Church Hall at Center and Indian streets.
Reach Robert Behre at 937-5771.
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