Lowcountry elected officials meet with state representatives to discuss issues

Lowcountry elected officials meeting state representatives to discuss issues

BLUFFTON, S.C. (WTOC) - Elected officials across the Lowcountry met South Carolina state representatives Wednesday at a meeting in Bluffton.

Elected officials representing towns in the Lowcountry came together at the University of South Carolina - Beaufort to discuss how some state legislation can impact the Lowcountry.

One of the hot-button topics was House Bill 4431: business license tax reform.

This bill changes how a business license is processed, and mandates sweeping changes in the way the business license tax is assessed, collected and enforced by the local municipalities. That accounts for a large percentage of local budgets.

“It’s important to gain knowledge from anywhere you can. I mean, here you have local officials who interact on a daily basis with our constituents," said Senator Tom Davis, Republican, District 46. "They often hear about things that we don’t necessarily hear about in Columbia, or they may hear about them in different ways, so anytime we’re trying to formulate policy that’s going to benefit the people of Beaufort and Jasper County, having these municipal leaders tell us what’s important to them, tell us what their constituents are saying, that makes us better legislators and better able to do our job.”

Lowcountry elected officials meeting state representatives to discuss issues

The business license tax generates $400 million statewide in revenue.

The group also talked about legislation on vaping and short-term rental properties.

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