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Joint Resolution to Ratify the Amendment to the Constitution of the State of South Carolina Relative to the Public School Tax and a Tax on Polls.

January 26, 1878

Acts and Joint Resolutions of the General Assembly of South Carolina 1877-1878, Pages 639-640.

Whereas Article XV of the Constitution of South Carolina provides that an amendment or amendments may be made to the Same when such shall be agreed to by two-thirds of the members elected to each house, and entered on the Journals respectively, with the yeas and nays taken thereon, and that the same shall be submitted to the qualified electors of the State at the general election next following, and if a majority of the electors qualified to vote for members of the General Assembly shall vote affirmatively thereon, and if two-thirds of the members of each house shall, after such election and before another, ratify the same amendment or amendments by yeas and nays, then the same shall become a part of the Constitution: Provided, That such amendment or amendments shall have been read three times on three several days in each house; therefore,

Be it resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of South Carolina, now met and sitting in General Assembly, and by the authority of the same, That the amendment to the Constitution of the State of South Carolina proposed and agreed to by two-thirds of the members of each branch of the last General Assembly, and voted for by a majority of the electors qualified to vote for members of the General Assembly at the last general election, to wit: "Article X, Section 5: The Boards of County Commissioners of the several Counties shall levy an annual tax of not less than two mills on the dollar of all the taxable property in their respective Counties, which levy shall not be increased unless by special enactment of the General Assembly, for the support of the public schools in their respective Counties, which tax shall be collected at the same time and by the same officers as the other taxes for the same year, and shall be held in the County treasuries of the respective Counties, and paid out exclusively for the support of the public schools as provided by law. There shall be assessed on all taxable polls in the State an annual tax of one dollar on each poll, the proceeds of which tax shall be applied solely to educational purposes: Provided, That no person shall ever be deprived of the right of suffrage for the non-payment of such tax. No other poll or capitation tax shall be levied in this State, nor shall the amount assessed on each poll exceed the limit given in this Section. The school tax shall be distributed among the several school districts of the Counties in proportion to the respective number of pupils attending the public schools. No religious sect or sects shall have exclusive right to, or control of any part of the school funds of the State, nor shall sectarian principles be taught in the public schools, be, and the same is hereby, ratified and made a part of the Constitution of the State of South Carolina.

Approved: January 26, 1878



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