County treasurer to be LIBPA guest speaker

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Mr. Doug Henderson, Beaufort County Treasurer, will be the guest speaker at the January 10 meeting of the Lady’s Island Business and Professional Association.  He was elected to the office of treasurer in November 2010 and assumed the position July 1, 2011.  The delay in assuming the office was due to South Carolina law which requires county treasurers to assume office at the beginning of a fiscal year versus the January 1 for most other elected positions.
Before assuming his present position, Mr. Henderson had 35 years of experience as a banker and also worked for the county assessor for seven years.  He holds certificates from the South Carolina Banker’s School at the University of South Carolina, the Graduate School of Banking at Louisiana State University, East Carolina University, and other institutions. He has held positions with the Home Builder’s Association, United Way and other civic and service groups. He is a former Chairman of the Aiken Chamber of Commerce and a graduate of Leadership Beaufort. Originally from Spartanburg, Mr. Henderson is the sixth of 10 children and has been married for nearly 50 years.
Mr. Henderson has been requested to include in his discussion with the LIBPA members the following subjects:
• Evaluation of the strong and weak points of the today’s Beaufort County Treasurer’s Office.
• Impact on tax revenue of the economic downturn.
• Have the “bugs” been worked out of the Manatron computer system which has been blamed for many of the past tax problems?
• Does the annual property tax sale accomplish its purpose in an efficient manner?
• Opinion of referendum to make County Treasurer an appointed versus elected office.
• Long term objectives for the office.
The meeting is open to the public and will be held on Tuesday, January 10, at 8 a.m. in the Beaufort County Realtors Association Headquarters on 22 Kemmerlin Lane located in the Palmetto Business Park (behind BB&T Bank) on Lady’s Island Drive.