August 20, 2015 Town Council Meeting 

Town Council will meet on Thursday, August 20th at 7:00 p.m. for its regularly scheduled meeting. Please click here for items of discussion on the agenda. To view the entire meeting packet, please click on the Residents tab or the meeting calendar.

Posted by Frances Friday, August 14, 2015 4:58:00 PM

Town Closed on Pinckney Park Property 

The Town of James Island closed on the purchase of Pinckney Park Thursday.   On behalf of all James Islanders, I want to thank Mr. Jerome Harris for providing this opportunity for everyone to enjoy the beauty of the land that has been in the Pinckney family for so many years.    The funds for the $890,000 purchase come from the Town’s urban allocation of the Charleston County Greenbelt Fund. I want to thank the staff at Charleston County Greenbelt as well as County Council.   I especially want to thank Councilman Joe Qualey for asking for the return of the Town’s Greenbelt allocation after our reincorporation in 2012.

We are very excited about the potential for this new Park.  Please visit the Park at our open house on Sunday, August 23 from 1 to 5.  Pinckney Park is at 461 Fort Johnson Road.  Also, come to our public workshop and give your input about how the Park will be used on Thursday, August 27 at 5:30 at Town Hall.

Mayor Bill Woolsey

 

 

Posted by Bill Thursday, August 13, 2015 4:35:00 PM

Open House for Pinckney Park and Public Workshop 

The Town of James Island is pleased to announce the purchase of Pinckney Park, a beautiful 7 acre site located at 461 Fort Johnson Road. Pinckney Park was purchased with Greenbelt Funds and offers a great view of the marsh with majestic trees and easy access. Please plan to drop by Pinckney Park for an Open House on Sunday, August 23rd between 1-5 p.m. You will have a chance to tour the park so please wear appropriate shoes.

Following the Open House, the Town is hosting a public workshop on Thursday, August 27 at 5:30  p.m. at Town Hall. This workshop will be a chance to receive community input and involvement on what our residents would like to see at the park. This information will help the Town select the most qualified firm to help design and implement an overall plan for Pinckney Park.  We look forward to you joining us.

Open House  / Public Workshop Flyer

Posted by Frances Wednesday, August 12, 2015 2:34:00 PM

School Supply Drive This Week 

The Town is working with First Baptist Church on a School Supply Drive.    We need the supplies by Friday, August 14.  Please bring them to Town Hall.

We are asking for donations of school supplies: new book bags, wide ruled and college ruled paper, pencils, pens and mechanical pencils, large and small erasers, pencil boxes, pencil pouches, colored pencils, markers, highlighters, rulers, pencil sharpeners, index cards, crayons, dry erase markers, glue sticks, composition books, safety scissors, 3-ring binders, notebook tab dividers and pocket folders.   Please see flyer for more information.

Posted by Bill Monday, August 10, 2015 5:23:00 PM

JIPSD Newsletter--Mayor's Response 

The new Chair of the James Island Public Service District, June Waring, signed an article in the District’s newsletter responding to the Town’s May proposal for tax relief.   I wrote the Commissioners sharing a proposal to allow the JIPSD to lower their taxes significantly rather than increase them by nearly 4%.   The proposal was for the JIPSD to transfer service rights for solid waste collection to the Town, and for the Town to pay the JIPSD to continue to pick up garbage and solid waste in the Town by contract.   I later offered to negotiate on the basis of keeping two day a week service in the Town.   My proposal included a Town property tax millage.  Since the Town is legally required to provide a tax credit against its own millage, the burden on Town taxpayers would have been significantly reduced.

When the JIPSD passed a budget with no tax reduction in June, the Town moved forward with an alternative plan.   It is now well past the deadline to make changes in the 2015 tax bill.   At this time, I am not asking the JIPSD to negotiate anything.

The Town has introduced a millage and is providing the required tax credit.   The Town has no need to pay the JIPSD for solid waste service since they will collect increased property taxes in the Town to pay that cost.  The Town is using the revenue instead to pay for a new Town Hall by lease purchase agreement.   The Town’s is providing a large enough tax credit so that no one will have to pay any property tax to the Town.

None of the criticisms in the JIPSD newsletter have merit.   Both the South Carolina Constitution and Code make provision for a special purpose district like the JIPSD to collect reduced property tax in a municipality like the Town if there is a difference in the services being funded by the tax.  Further, the Constitution and the Code also provide for a special purpose district to provide services by contract to a municipality.   

The Town has always been willing to pay a fair share of the cost of JIPSD services. Contrary to claims in the JIPSD newsletter, there would be no increase in costs or tax burden on those in the unincorporated area of the JIPSD.   Nearly all were in the Town before 2011, and after the Town is reunited, they will all be in the Town again.   I would never propose or agree to a plan that would be unfair to our former and future citizens.

The JIPSD Commissioners need to be reminded that they are not the owners of a private corporation but are elected officials accountable to the voters.   There are less than 14,000 registered voters in the JIPSD and more 9,000 of them are citizens of the Town.   Sadly, the JIPSD newsletter threatens to take away the right of citizens in the Town to vote for JIPSD Commissioner while continuing to have the Town pay for services.  Further, it proposes that the JIPSD have the Town pay for solid waste collection services without picking up any garbage or trash in the Town.   I will never accept such an injustice.   And I doubt that the nearly 2/3 of JIPSD voters who reside in the Town will do so either.

In my view, tax relief will have to wait until there is a majority of JIPSD Commissioners who are willing to cooperate with the Town.   Until that time, there is nothing to discuss.

 

Mayor Bill Woolsey

Posted by Bill Monday, August 10, 2015 4:42:00 PM
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