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An Act to Give the Commissioners of the Poor for the Several Districts and Parishes in this State, the Power to Purchase Lands and Build Poor Houses Thereon, for the Support and Maintenance of the Poor of Said Districts and Parishes.

December 16, 1824

The Statutes at Large of South Carolina - Volume VI, Pages 241-242

WHEREAS, the present regulations relating to the poor, while they tend to burthen the people with an onerous, unnecessary and increasing weight of taxes, have also a tendency to encourage idleness and extravagance on the part of the poor.

I. Be it therefore enacted by the honorable the Senate and House of Representatives, now met and sitting in General Assembly, and by the authority of the same, That from and after the passing oi this Act, the Commissioners of the Poor of the several parishes and districts shall be, and they are hereby, authorized and empowered, out of the monies collected for the poor tax, for said districts and parishes, to purchase lands, and thereon to build houses for the accommodation of the poor of said districts and parishes respectively; provided, that the amount of taxes, in any one year so taxed, be not more than thirty-seven and a half per cent, on the general taxes of said districts and parishes.

II. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That the Commissioners of the poor of the said districts and parishes respectively, shall have power to appoint a superintendant or superintendants of the poor for each district or parish aforesaid, who shall continue in office at the pleasure of the said Commissioners, whose paiticular duties shall be prescribed, and salary allowed him or them, by said Commissioners.

III. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That the said Commissioners shall be authorized, out of the monies arising from the poor tax of the said distiicts and parishes, to purchase the necessary provisions and clothing for the comfort of the poor of their respective districts and parishes aforesaid; and tliey shall further have power, and they are hereby required, to impose on such poor as are benefited and relieved by the poor tax of said districts and parishes, such reasonable labor, they may judge proper and necessary to he performed towards their own support.

IV. And be it further enacted, by the authority aforesaid, That the Commissioners of the poor for the several districts and parishes in this State, shall have power, and they are hereby required, to make appropriations for the annual support of such poor, of their respective districts and parishes, as the said Commissioners, according to their peculiar circumstances, and in their sound discretion, may think proper, to board out with their relations and friends; and that the said commissioners shall be, and they are hereby, required to make an annual return, on oath, to the Comptroller-General, to be by him submitted to the Legislature, of the amount of monies received, and of the amount and manner of its expenditure, together with the number and names of the persons thus relieved and supported.

V. And be it further enacted, That the said Commissioners shall have full power to adopt all necessary rules and regulations to carry the provisions of this Act into full and complete effect.

In the Senate House, the sixteenth day of December, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and twenty-four, and in the forty-ninth year of the Independence of the United States of America.

JACOB BOND I'ON, President of the Senate.
JOHN B. O'NEILL, Speaker of the House of Representatives.



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