Tax bills expected to go down for Charleston Co. homeowners

CHARLESTON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - The Charleston County Council gave final approval on Tuesday to its budget for 2013 which includes a reduction of property taxes for homeowners in the county.

According to county officials, for each $100,000 of appraised value, the homeowner should see a net reduction of $4.80 on county property taxes including the local option sales tax credit.

Also included in the fiscal budget year are funds for Consolidated 911 Dispatch to prepare for the opening of the new Dispatch Center in 2013 and full consolidation 2014, additional staff for EMS in order to reduce overtime, funds to replace Public Works Department equipment and capital funds for Environmental Management to continue expanding the recycling program.

"Staff and council worked hard on behalf of the citizens of the county to overcome financial challenges and ensure a balanced budget in the upcoming year," said Charleston County Council Chairman Teddie E. Pryor, Sr. "In working toward a balanced budget, Council had to consider several critical items including rising fuel, retirement and workers' compensation costs."

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