A handful of James Islanders dropped by the city of Charleston's annexation open house tonight.
The city event, held inside the James Island Charter High School cafeteria, was an effort to encourage island residents to join the city since the S.C. Supreme Court dissolved the town of James Island.
The city's property taxes and stormwater fees are somewhat higher, but that cost could be offset by lower water and sewer bills and lower charges for joining a city recreation team or using its pools and golf course.
Dan McQueeney learned that his Maybank Highway home would be eligible for annexation. 'We feel like we're better prepared to make a decision,' he said. 'There are some advantages to both.'
Since the town dissolved, the city has heard from 438 property owners who want to annex, but only 226 of them are eligible because their property is contiguous to the city's limits, according to Tim Keane, the city's director of planning, preservation and sustainability.
Of those, 90 are being annexed, including 15 that City Council is expected to vote on Tuesday.
Read more in Tuesday's Post and Courier.