Dorchester County to Lift Excise Tax for Developers

May 21, 2014

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The Dorchester County Council has voted yesterday to lift the county’s excise tax over the next two years.

An excise tax is collected when a developer prepares for construction on an undeveloped lot.

And that fee can amount to over $3-thousand.

It is part of a deal with the local municipalities would temporarily suspend the application of impact fees.

But Dorchester County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Henry Wagner says that the reduction in funding could create problems for the district’s plans to build a new North Dorchester High School.

There were two dissenters on the council with council member William Nichols who calling the decision a giveaway to wealthy developers.

He was subsequently joined by Council member Tom Bradshaw who changed his mind on a second vote.