More questions than answers as Daniel Island residents consider switching counties

DANIEL ISLAND, SC (WCSC) - Question after question was asked Thursday night, but the Daniel Island Neighborhood Association says answers will come later.

"We have to follow the state guidelines in terms of how we get these questions answered and get real true answers to what we're asking," explains Dave Williams, the president of the Daniel Island Neighborhood Association.

The meeting was about getting the process of annexation from Berkeley to Charleston County started. It begins with a petition that needs about 600 signatures from Daniel Island residents. Williams says one reason for the discussion is taxes

"We do see there's a pretty significant tax savings out there. We shop in Mt. Pleasant. We drive to Charleston. We go to West Ashley. We spend all of our money in Charleston County, and it would be nice to live in a county where that money came back to us."

Berkeley County councilman Tim Callanan says he understands that there is a disparity.

"I will be the first to tell you that I think Daniel Island residents get a raw deal when it comes to taxes in Berkeley County, but I just have to tell you this is really the wrong way of going about it."

Callanan says Daniel Island makes up about 3.5 percent of Berkeley County's population and 17 percent of the property tax base.

"Berkeley County's position should be that we got to do whatever we can to keep Daniel Island, and if there are issues that need to be addressed let's take care of them."

If the process moves forward, a vote on annexation would be next June at the earliest.

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