Upstate community could see an increase on property taxes

Upstate community could see an increase on property taxes


COMMUNITY. TAGGART: FOR THE LAST 15 YEARS,
BON SECOURS SAINT FRANCIS HAS
BEEN PAYING THE LIGHTING BILL
HERE. THEIR MISSION IS CHANGING. THEY ARE STILL HELPING IN THE
COMMUNITY BUT THEIR MISSION IS
CHANGING TO AFFORDABLE HOUSING,
WHICH MAKES THE QUESTION, WHO’S
GOING TO PAY FOR THE LIGHTS NOW? AT NIGHT, THESE LIGHTS SHINE
RIGHT AND SINCE 2004, BON
SECOURS SAINT FRANCIS HAS PICKED
UP THE TAB.>>WE HAVE BEEN PARTNERS WORKING
WITH THE STERLING COMMUNITY TO
HELP THE COMMUNITY ACHIEVE UH
THE GOALS THAT THEY HAVE SET
FORTH. TAGGART: THAT FOCUS IS SHIFTING
TO AFFORDABLE HOUSING AND FOOD
ACCESS IN THE AREA.>>THEY HAVE DONE THEIR PART AND
SO WE KNOW WE NO LONGER CAN ASK
YOU KNOW YOU HAVE TO BE ABLE TO
COME FORWARD WITH THE MONEY IF
YOU WANT TO LIVE IN THAT AREA
THE HOUSING AND ALL OF THAT IS CHANGING. TAGGART: A NEIGHBORHOOD THAT IS
SEEING DEVELOPMENT AND THE PRICE
TO PAY IS NOT SO EASY FOR
EVERYONE. THE PRICE AT THE CENTER OF
DEBATE NOW. GREENVILLE COUNTY COUNCIL SAYS A
10.5 MILLAGE INCREASE WOULD
COVER COSTS. THAT IS ABOUT A $31 PER YEAR
INCREASE ON PROPERTY TAXES.>>WE WANNA SPREAD IT OUT AND
MAKE IT AS PAINLESS AS POSSIBLE
TO EVERYBODY BUT WE’VE GOTTA
KEEP THOSE STREET LIGHTS ON
TAGGART: BUT THERE’S ALSO AN
EFFORT TO RAISE MONEY HERE. COMMUNITY LEADERS WORKING WITH
THE COUNTY.>>THEY ARE TRYING TO SEE IF
THEY CAN RAISE MONEY ON THEIR
OWN. OUT IF THEY CAN DO THAT. OTHERWISE THEY HAVE TO PUT THE
TAX MILLAGE ON THE TAX BILLS
THAT WILL GO OUT IN NOVEMBER
THIS YEAR
TAGGART: THIS HAS BEEN A SPECIAL
TAX DISTRICT SINCE 1991. KIRVEN SAYS THE INCREASE HERE
— HE SHOULD KNOW IN 30 DAYS
WHAT THAT PLAN W

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