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Category: Council and Civic News

News reports on island Council meetings, as well as updates on Civic and Municipal decisions and events.

Jan 07 2011

Seabrook Town Council – December 14, 2010

Financials Mayor Bill Holtz reported that the Town is currently running $83,376.51 ahead of the year-to-date budget and is almost steady with the revenues from last year-to-date. Expenditures are running $43,294.26 more than budgeted, but excess of revenues over expenditures are approximately $3000 above last year, coming in at $290,761.36. “We’re having a decent year,” …

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Dec 16 2010

Orban new Mayor of Kiawah by write-in vote

by Kristin Hackler It may not have been a surprise to some Kiawah Islanders, but as 7:30 rolled around on the evening of Tuesday, December 7, former Kiawah Councilman Steven Orban was amazed to see that he had received more than 300 write-in votes, making him the new Mayor of Kiawah Island. “I thought I …

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Dec 16 2010

Kiawah Town Council – December 7, 2010

Second town biologist to stay with Town Although the issue of whether or not to continue to employ a second town biologist was not originally included on the day’s agenda, a motion was made to add it soon after discussions began. Mayor William Wert gave a brief history on the issue, noting that the cost …

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Nov 29 2010

Seabrook Town Council – November 16, 2010

Financials Mayor Bill Holtz reported on the year-to-date financials, noting that revenues are above budget by $68,272.74, coming to $742,821.38, which is better than last year-to-date by a little more than $10,000. Expenses year-to-date are under budget by $69,024.04, coming in at $432,169.56. “Considering the economy, we’re doing well,” said Holtz, though he did point …

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Nov 29 2010

A closer look at the Kiawah Council Candidates

Kiawah Council elections coming up Tuesday, December 7 This coming Tuesday, December 7, don’t forget to drop by the voting booth at Sora Rail and cast your ballot for the 2010/2011 Kiawah Council. While the council candidates were able to state a little about themselves in an earlier edition of The Island Connection, please take …

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Nov 12 2010

Kiawah Town Council – November 2, 2010

Public hearing: for the updated Comprehensive Plan Resident and Kiawah council candidate Greg Vanderwerker was the only one to comment during the public hearing on the updated Comprehensive Plan for the Town of Kiawah Island, and while he thanked the Planning Commission for all of their hard work, he noted that the County, when doing …

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Nov 12 2010

Seabrook Town Council – October 26, 2010

Financials Mayor Bill Holtz was happy to announce that the year-to-date budget is above budget by $61,823.49, and expenditures are under budget by $53,522.86. Total excess of revenues over expenditures are $263,926.33, which is a positive variance from the budget of $115,346.35. Business licenses are down from last year, said Holtz, but finances, generally speaking, …

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Nov 12 2010

Johns Island Council – November 4, 2010

John Steinberger of SC Fair Tax gave a brief presentation to Council, discussing the benefits of the Fair Tax program in South Carolina. Among its many positive points, said Steinberger, the Fair Tax provides immediate financial incentive for existing businesses to expand, and out-of-state businesses to relocate to South Carolina. It also encourages consumer spending …

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Nov 12 2010

Voter turnout up for mid-terms

The mid-term elections on November 2 saw a significant increase in voter turnout for the state of South Carolina, and national figures report that about 90 million people, 6.2 million more than the mid-term turnout in 2006, voted this year. On our own islands, Kiawah Island showed a voter turnout of 54.23%, or 1396 voters, …

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Nov 12 2010

Are you getting credit?: Wind and Hail excess insurance credit available

By Kristin Hackler “I actually learned about it by accident,” said John Dubois, Seabrook resident and former Town Council member, as he described a little-known tax credit for excess insurance premiums which is listed as form SC SCH.TC-44. Basically, by calculating your premiums paid for one tax year on all hazards for your primary household …

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