BERKELEY COUNTY, SC (WCSC)
"They have a need, and so in terms of dealing with that, they came through the backdoor to get funds from the school district after the fact," Michael Turner, the district’s interim superintendent said.
It all revolves around a fee that many major companies pay instead of taxes.
“It allows us to compete with other states across the country in recruiting Volvo, Google, Blackbaud, Benefitfocus, all of those companies that provide jobs so those students graduating from the Berkeley County school district, for their parents,” Josh Whitley, a Berkeley County councilman said.
That difference was worth $2 million in 2014 alone of money that was going to the district and should’ve been going to the county.
"It was not fair play to change that rule, to take that money to change the formula that was being used after the school district had already completed its budget," Turner said.