Welcome to our Town of James Island information page.
Official Town Government Website:
August 30, 2006
Congratulations to our
new town leaders.
Major: Mary Clark, no
longer "Mayor in Exile"
Council: Leonard Blank,
Joe Qualey, Bill "Cubby" Wilder, & Parris Williams
August 29, 2006
James Island Municipal Elections Are Today
Here are two important links to the
www.CharlestonCounty.org web page
the County Board of Elections Web Page
HERE for a
list of Precincts & POLLING LOCATIONS
June 20, 2006, 11:00
James Island is a town
once again...for now.
The Truth…The Whole Truth [about
annexation of James Island Residents by the City of Charleston]*
*[words in brackets by the editor of this website]
James Island Public Service District Commission is providing you
this information in response to recent statements made by City of
Charleston government officials. Our information is honest and, to
the best of our knowledge, complete.
you own a $200,000 home and allow the City of Charleston to annex
your property, you will save about $56 on your annual real estate
taxes and about $133 a year on your water bills. And if you
heavily use City of Charleston recreation programs (only a small
portion of PSD households do), you can allegedly save an
additional $120 a year.
But here's the rest of the story…
You will pay $12 more in automobile taxes
(assuming you own two cars worth $10,000 each). And if you own
more cars or a boat, you'll pay even more.
You will pay about $93 more for sewer service each
year - and even more in future years.
You will pay an annual $48 storm water fee, most
of which benefits peninsula Charleston.
You will pay about $92 a year in City of
Charleston franchise fees for electricity, telephone service,
and cable service.
You will be required to buy a $5 license for every dog or
cat you have and a $1 license for each bicycle you own.
These hidden extra costs of annexation - which City of
Charleston officials rarely mention
total about $250 a year.
your property is annexed by the City of Charleston, your
Charleston County taxes - contrary to rumor - will not
be reduced one penny.
The James Island PSD is $1 million in debt, or about $44
The City of Charleston is at least $75 million in debt
(not counting interest), or about $680 per resident. One
day these loans are going to have to be repaid - by taxpayers.
And there's more…
The James Island PSD serves more than 22,000 PSD residents –
about two-thirds of the island's population.
The PSD collects garbage twice a week. The City of
Charleston collects only once.
The James Island PSD Commission consists of 7 members, all
of whom live on James Island and all of whom are
directly elected by PSD residents.
Charleston City Council consists of 13 members, only one
of whom lives on James Island. A majority of this remote,
peninsula-oriented council has long regarded James Island as a
colony to be financially exploited, and it is largely
responsible for the overdevelopment of our island
[remember development of the Dill
Sister’s land, and recently the sale of
McLeod Plantation for development (click for more information)].
you allow Charleston to annex your property, you will instantly
inherit far more rules, regulations, and bureaucracy than the
Finally, if you "choose" to allow the City of Charleston to
annex your property, please know that you're headed down a
one-way street. They will be delighted to get your tax money.
But if you change your mind later, they will not
allow you to leave the city. So much for choice.
Island PSD Commissioners. Island Update Number 19, July 2005