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Daniel Island Neighborhood Association abandons annexation effort

DANIEL ISLAND, SC (WCSC) - The Daniel Island Neighborhood Association has voted to abandon its annexation effort.

The island, which is part of the City of Charleston and Berkeley County, was considering the possibility of becoming a part of Charleston County.

One of the reasons they wanted the change was because of lower taxes in Charleston County.

A spokesperson for the Daniel Island Property Owners Association said they decided not to move forward with the annexation because of a $100,000 fee to the Annexation Commission.

DINA President Dave Williams released the following statement:

Last night the DINA membership voted almost unanimously to halt the annexation movement/petition.  This decision came following the commission’s request for an additional $100,000 of funding by our POA which was declined last week.  Personally I feel it is unfortunate that politics has played such a huge role in this campaign and that antiquated laws seem to be winning out over common sense solutions. 

It’s also unfortunate because Berkeley County has done a much better job answering the questions and concerns posed by residents, and were in a position to end this debate once and for all.  They have committed to keeping our neighborhood school k-8 which was a big victory for our campaign, and their plans for the new high school look very attractive. 

It’s an undeniable fact that Daniel Island as a whole would save significant tax dollars being in Charleston County, so I hope town officials and administrators will continue to invest both time and energy listening to the residents of Daniel Island, and making our community feel like we are getting equal representation for the tax dollars we are spending.  I see a great opportunity for Berkeley County to really solidify our residents over the next 3-5 years as schools are added and the Cainhoy/Clements Ferry Rd corridor is improved upon.  This section of Berkeley County could become a hotspot for growth and revenue, and they will need to pay close attention to both residential and business needs as the urban centers of Charleston County will always be our nearest neighbors.

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