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An Act to Amend the Charter of the School District of the City of Sumter.

December 16, 1891

Acts and Joint Resolutions of the General Assembly of South Carolina 1891, Pages 1473-1475.
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Section 1. Be it enacted 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 Board of School Commissioners of the school district of the city of Sumter be, and they are hereby, authorized and empowered annually to levy and assess a tax for the support and maintenance of the public schools of said school district, not exceeding two mills upon the dollar upon the assessed value of all real and personal property within the corporate limits of said school districts subject to taxation, the same to constitute a lien upon said property and to be collected in the manner provided by law: Provided, however, That at any time upon the petition of a majority of the duly qualified electors of said school district for the abolition of said school tax, it shall be the duty of the City Council of the city of Sumter to order an election to determine that question; and if at such election a majority of the duly qualified electors of said school district, voting on the question, shall decide in favor of abolishing such school tax. it shall thereafter be unlawful for said Board of School Commissioners to levy or collect the same; such election to be ordered and held in all respects in the same manner as is now provided by law for holding municipal elections in the city of Sumter.

Sec. 2. That annually hereafter two of the members of the Board of School Commissioners for said school district, such two to be determined by lot, if necessary, shall retire from office and shall be ineligible for re-election for the next ensuing year. The vacancy thus created, and any other vacancy in said Board which may for any cause, at any time, occur, shall be filled by election by the remaining members of such Board.

Sec 3. That the school district of the city of Sumter is hereby authorized and empowered, by and through its Board of School Commissioners, to issue coupon bonds to the amount ot four thousand dollars, if said Board should deem that amount necessary; the proceeds derived from the sale of said bonds shall be used for the purpose of completing the white graded shool building and enlarging the colored graded school building in said school district and furnishing the same. Said bonds to bear a rate of interest not exceeding six per centum per annum, payable annually, the principal to mature in not less than twenty-four years from the date of issue, the same to be signed by the Chairman of said Board and countersigned by its Clerk and Treasurer, and the seal of said corporation to be affixed thereto. Said bonds to be in such denominations as the Board may determine, and a correct registry of the same shall be kept by the said Clerk and Treasurer. The coupons of said bond shall be receivable for all taxes in said school district which shall be levied for educational purposes. Said bonds shall con stitute a lien upon all the property which may be improved with the proceeds of the same; and said bonds shall not be taxable for municipal or public school purposes other than the constitutional two mill tax. That for the purpose of paying the interest on said bonds and the principal when due, it shall be the duty of the Board of School Commissioners of said school district to compute annually the amount necessary to be raised, and to assess and levy the same upon all the real and personal property in said school district, and the amount so assessed and levied shall be a lien upon such property and shall be collected by the Clerk and Treasurer of said Board at the same time and in the same manner and under the same power as the city taxes of the city of Sumter are collected, and shall be held by him for the purpose of paying the said interest or principal, if any be due, and shall be used for no other purpose whatever.

Sec. 4. This Act shall take effect immediately upon its approval.

Sec. 5. That so much of all Acts as is inconsistent with or supplied by the provisions of this Act be, and the same are hereby, repealed.

Approved December 16th, A.D. 1891.

Benjamin R. Tillman, Governor.
Eugene B. Gary, President of the Senate and Lt. Governor.
Ira B. Jones, Speaker of the House of Representatives.

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