Charleston County Councilwoman Anna Johnson’s August 28 Special Round Table Workshop: Expungements, Probation, Parole and Pardon Services
Charleston County Councilwoman Anna B. Johnson of District 8 will hold her monthly round table discussion on Wednesday, August 28. The meetings normally are held at 12:30 p.m. on the fourth Wednesday of every month at the John’s Island Regional Library located at 3531 Maybank Highway on Johns Island. Based on the topics being presented, this workshop will be held from 12:30 p.m.-4 p.m.
Our guest speakers for this workshop will be Expungement Coordinator Shekema Bennett from the Ninth Circuit Solicitor’s Office and Assistant General Counsel Tommy Evans from the South Carolina Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services.
Topics to be discussed:
“My purpose for holding these monthly meetings and workshops is to share information about County-related issues and to listen to citizens’ concerns,” Johnson said. “Each month, different speakers are invited to address topics of interest as expressed by the public.”
Citizens do not need to register in advance for the round table meetings. For more information or to provide ideas for upcoming topics, contact Charleston County Councilmember Anna B. Johnson:
· By email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
· By phone at: (843) 958-4001
· By mail at: Post Office Box 13975; James Island, SC 29422
Application now available for submission in electronic format
The Charleston County Auditor’s Office is expanding its Homestead Exemption Campaign by allowing citizens to apply on-line. The form is located on the Auditor’s Office department website and allows citizens to complete the full application process in minutes. Prior to this new measure, citizens were required to fill out the form and mail or deliver the application to an Auditor’s Office location.
On-line Homestead Tax Exemption Application: https://imgweb.charlestoncounty.org/AppNet/UnityForm.aspx?key=UFKey
Since its launch in April, the Auditor’s staff has processed 2320 applications through the Homestead Exemption campaign. The results equal $116,000,000 of appraised values removed for tax purposes, and a total yearly savings of around $525,000. On average, each homeowner approved for the exemption saves $225 annually.
The Auditor administers the Homestead Exemption program, a statewide program that provides property tax relief to taxpayers over the age of 65 and those with disabilities. In Charleston County, nearly 25,000 residents currently receive the benefit.
The credit removes $50,000 worth of tax appraisal from a taxpayer’s primary residence. For example, if someone owns a home worth $250,000, the county will only tax the home as if it is worth $200,000.