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City of Charleston could see first tax hike since 2008

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CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) -

The City of Charleston could see a $4 million dollar tax hike as early as next month. It's all part of the mayor's proposal to increase security at all elementary schools.

Mayor Joe Riley wants the proposal to move through the council quickly because he says we don't have a moment to waste.

If passed, city taxpayers would pay $40 more a year on a $250,000 home.

The tax is a sliding scale, and not a percentage. For example, the owner of a $500,000 home would pay $80 more a year.

The money will go-in part-to 19 police officers circulating among the city's 35 elementary schools

The Mayor says responsibility falls on the city to protect its most precious residents.

"The world has changed," he says. "There are guns out there. There are wacky people out there, and our children deserve protection."

The additional officers would be divided into eight clusters and heavily trained in school security, minimizing a threat before it even reaches the school.

The city's police chief says it's critical the tax proposal go through. If passed, it would take effect March 1st.

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