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Capital Project Sales Tax Commission meets 

In February, Beaufort County Council voted unanimously to form a Capital Project Sales Tax Commission. The six-member commission, along with Beaufort County residents’ input, will compile a list of Capital Improvement Projects that need to be completed throughout the county. After the initial meeting, several public hearings will be scheduled, allowing the public to weigh in on what projects they believe are necessary.

Once the list of projects is compiled, an ordinance will be drafted and sent to County Council, and if adopted, will appear on the November ballot.

The appointed members are Mike Covert of Bluffton, Craig Forrest of Sun City, Scott Graber of Port Royal, Scott Richardson of Hilton Head Island, Jeffery Robinowich of Bluffton and Bill Robinson of Beaufort.

The first meeting for the Capital Project Sales Tax Commission was April 10, at 5 p.m. in Beaufort County Council Chambers, 100 Ribaut Road in Beaufort.

More county records will be available online

Citizens of Beaufort County want to know how their tax dollars are being spent. That’s why Beaufort County Government will soon be expanding how the public can view financial documents online.

Various financial data are already available on the Finance Departments website. There, taxpayers can find the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR), vendor payments, overall budgets for each department and more.

However, with this new data bank, taxpayers will now have a centralized location where all financial data is readily available and easy to maneuver through. Tabs will be labeled, providing an overview or allowing taxpayers to see much more detailed information on both an expenditure and revenue basis. Interactive charts and graphs will also be available for citizens to understand the financial data they are viewing.

The link to these financial documents is expected to appear online at www.bcgov.net by the end of April.

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