Taxpayers appeal Florence Co. fire consolidation - WMBFNews.com, Myrtle Beach/Florence SC, Weather

Taxpayers appeal Florence Co. fire consolidation

FLORENCE COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - Florence County's new fire district is starting to get a lot of backlash. Some taxpayers are taking the county to court over it.

The lawsuit was filed May 30. In it, two taxpayers said Florence County Council illegally combined the six fire departments.

"Several concerns have been issued by residents. I represent two parties, as we legally say," said Attorney Jay Jordan.

Jay Jordan is the local attorney representing two people, who say Florence County's new county wide fire district was created illegally.

"We believe that, and this is where the challenge arises: that the statute that was used for the basis of the appeal was not the correct statute. So ,it's not necessarily that the county can't do this, they just didn't go about it quite the right way," said Jordan.

According to the appeal, the two people spearheading these efforts are from the West Florence and Howe Springs areas.

Jordan said while he is just representing those two parties, he has gotten numerous calls from people complaining about Florence County's Fire District.

Florence County leaders voted to consolidate six fire departments to address funding, volunteer and training problems.

As with any ordinance, there is a 20-day period which allows for taxpayers who are affected by an ordinance to file an appeal.

"What I believe will ultimately be accomplished, is the court will have to hear our case and will ultimately have to make a decision on whether or not the county did what they were supposed to do, in the way they were supposed to do it," said Jordan.

With the county looking into possible legal action against the state legislator for allegedly illegally removing the West Florence area from the Florence County Fire District, and with taxpayers now taking the county to court – WMBF News reached out to the county for comment but were unable to reach anyone.

Jordan said he has a strong case and thinks the court will rule in his clients' favor.

"I believe we will be successful, and the county will have to sit down and consider is this the mechanism by which we are going to accomplish consolidation and if it's not they are going to have to go back to the drawing board and start again if that's what they choose to do," said Jordan.

Copyright 2014 WMBF News. All rights reserved.

  • Local NewsLocalMore>>

  • New development could add about 1,600 new homes to Socastee

    New development could add about 1,600 new homes to Socastee

    Friday, February 23 2018 11:31 PM EST2018-02-24 04:31:31 GMT
    The area in question is on Folly Road right off Socastee Blvd. (Source: WMBF News)The area in question is on Folly Road right off Socastee Blvd. (Source: WMBF News)
    The area in question is on Folly Road right off Socastee Blvd. Source: Sage Speaks (WMBF)The area in question is on Folly Road right off Socastee Blvd. Source: Sage Speaks (WMBF)

    A new development originally scrapped last year is back on the table in Socastee, and it could add almost 1,600 new homes.

    More >>

    A new development originally scrapped last year is back on the table in Socastee, and it could add almost 1,600 new homes.

    More >>
  • Security upgrades coming to Johnsonville schools

    Security upgrades coming to Johnsonville schools

    Friday, February 23 2018 9:16 PM EST2018-02-24 02:16:58 GMT
    Johnsonville Elementary School (Source: WMBF News)Johnsonville Elementary School (Source: WMBF News)
    Johnsonville Elementary School (Source: WMBF News)Johnsonville Elementary School (Source: WMBF News)

    Florence School District 5 officials recently announced they will spend more than $300,000 in security upgrades at its schools.

    More >>

    Florence School District 5 officials recently announced they will spend more than $300,000 in security upgrades at its schools.

    More >>
  • Pawleys Island church being moved for repairs

    Pawleys Island church being moved for repairs

    Friday, February 23 2018 8:50 PM EST2018-02-24 01:50:47 GMT
    Crews get ready to move the church across the street. (Source: Pawleys Island Police on Twitter)Crews get ready to move the church across the street. (Source: Pawleys Island Police on Twitter)

    The Pawleys Island Chapel is being carefully moved across the street Friday so that repairs can be made on the building’s foundation. The church, which has been in the Pawleys Island community for about 50 years, is being lifted and moved across Myrtle Avenue between the North and South Causeways.

    More >>

    The Pawleys Island Chapel is being carefully moved across the street Friday so that repairs can be made on the building’s foundation. The church, which has been in the Pawleys Island community for about 50 years, is being lifted and moved across Myrtle Avenue between the North and South Causeways.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly