Beach Company president John Darby said Charleston County Councilman Joe Qualey was being disingenuous and didn’t present all the facts when he asked other council members to vote against a controversial plan to pay for improvements to Kiawah River Plantation.
Qualey last week asked County Council’s Finance Committee to vote against a proposed tax increment finance district, or TIF, for improvements such as roads, expanded fire service and a sewer plant for the high-end development on the southern end of Johns Island. Qualey’s motion didn’t pass, so won’t be considered by the full council.
A TIF pays for improvements to a development with future tax revenue it will generate.
Qualey said he didn’t have time today to examine Darby’s 8-page letter. And he doesn’t want to comment on it. He said last week that he hadn’t heard anyone on Kiawah, Seabrook and James islands say they supported the TIF. So, he thought it wasn’t a good use of county staffers’ time to develop a plan and bring it back to council.
In his letter, Darby questioned whether Qualey had contacted enough officials on Kiawah and Seabrook to make such statements.
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