Tuesday, November 5, 2013
The votes from Election Day have been counted and the results are in: the Dorchester County tax referendum did not pass and in the Summerville municipal election, Town Councilman Walter Bailey was reelected to represent District 3.
According to the unofficial results from the Dorchester County Election Commission, votes tally 3,550 in favor of the Local Option Sales Tax for property tax relief (LOST) and 7,070 voted against; and in the Summerville municipal election, Walter Bailey had 535 votes and John C. Hinson had 172 votes.
The Harleyville municipal election was also held on the ballot; of the three candidates, Susan S. Bishop and Brenda Davis won 80 and 81 votes, respectively, and won the two available seats on the Harleyville Town Council.
If passed, the LOST would have added one penny to sales taxes in the county, which would have been used for to provide a tax credit to property owners. Six out of seven members of Dorchester County Council and Mayor Bill Collins publicly supported the tax.
The referendum was originally voted on in the 1990s and was also denied.
Summerville municipal election
The full municipal election consisted of seats representing Districts 1, 3 and 5 on the Summerville Town Council and one of three Commissioner of Public Works positions. All of the incumbents – Aaron Brown, Walter Bailey, Kima Garten-Schmidt and George “Jordy” Tupper, respectively – filed for reelection, but Councilman Bailey was the only candidate to face opposition.
His opponent, Hinson, announced his candidacy on the last day of the filing period in September. He told the Journal Scene that he did not think Councilman Bailey was accessible enough to his district and was overlooking the basics. Hinson admitted to The Journal Scene that he had never attended a Town Council meeting.
It appears Councilman Bailey was the only candidate of the two to campaign for the seat, creating and posting political signs across town.
For a more complete story on the outcome of the election, see the Friday edition of The Journal Scene.