Time for Tax Law Challenge to Go To Court (Opinion)

In general, I don’t post many editorials from the various newspapers in the state, but this is a very good one from The Sun News……

November 10, 2008

By David Berkes

From the first editorials that appeared in The Sun News in September 2007, it is glaringly obvious that the S.C. tax-reform laws of 2006 have not been labeled for their true intent, discriminatory tax legislation.

The S.C. Constitution requires that all state and local taxes apply uniformly and equally to all taxpayers. It is difficult to believe that all county property owners see this alleged fairness when they look at the effects resulting from the point-of-sale reassessment law, which includes the differences between taxes on owner-occupied homes and second homes, additional tax rebates to owner-occupied homes from the [legislatively mandated] 1 percent sales tax increase of July 1, 2007, and the absence of millage adjustment in the process.

The Sun News reported in its editorial Sept. 5, 2007, that S.C. Rep. Alan Clemmons, R-Myrtle Beach, said the unpleasant property tax surprise that awaits property buyers is an “unintended consequence” of the reform legislation.

The intent was very clear. The legislation, with approval from the voting electorate, devised a way to decrease property taxes for some property owners at the expense of others, and especially at the expense of new owners who are predominantly not permanent residents.


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