SLED investigating Berkeley County School District referendum

BERKELEY COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division is investigating the Berkeley County School District after allegations of ethics violations.

The alleged violations happened during the district's involvement during the bond referendum. The referendum passed in November, meaning property taxes will increase to give money to schools.

According to a letter from the Attorney General's Office, authorities received information of "potential numerous violations" of the South Carolina Ethics Act regarding a $198 million bond referendum in Berkeley County.

The school district released the following statement:

For months, there have been rumors and threats arising out of the school improvement bond referendum. As expected, concerns have been raised about the district's efforts in connection with the school improvement referendum. Some of these concerns are now under review by state level authorities, and the district is fully cooperating with the individuals involved, but has been directed not to discuss the matter. The district will continue to fully cooperate and will provide further responsive information when it is appropriate to do so. We appreciate your understanding that we are not at liberty to discuss this matter further at this time or answer any questions.

A school district spokeswoman said the district is cooperating with authorities.

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