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Georgetown County fee at center of lawsuit

Published: Nov. 8, 2021 at 4:29 PM EST|Updated: Nov. 8, 2021 at 8:04 PM EST
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GEORGETOWN COUNTY, S.C. (WCSC) - A Georgetown County man is suing the county, accusing it of assessing an unlawful fee.

According to the lawsuit, Georgetown County assesses a “road user fee” of 50 dollars. The plaintiff, Richard A. Butts, argues that the South Carolina Supreme Court ruled that a similar fee in Greenville County was actually a tax, and needed to be authorized by the General Assembly.

Spokespeople for Charleston County, Berkeley County, and Dorchester County say their respective counties do not levy a road user fee.

South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles does charge a “road use fee” for owners of hybrids and electric vehicles.

The cost is 60 dollars for hybrids and 120 dollars for electric vehicles.

A similar lawsuit was filed in Williamsburg County last month. A resident filed a lawsuit against the county over its road fee.  According to the lawsuit, the county collect $30 yearly.

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