One typo sets Skidaway Island incorporation back over a year

One typo sets Skidaway Island incorporation back over a year

CHATHAM CO., GA (WTOC) - Chatham County residents on Skidaway island are remaining unincorporated for another year.

A bill was supposed to be voted on this year to incorporate the islands into a city.

Georgia State Representatives Jesse Petrea and Ben Watson say a typo was made by the legislature's attorney while drafting the bill. The typo would have exempted all residential properties from paying property taxes.

Both representatives sent a letter asking advertisements on the island incorporation be taken down. They also asked for the referendum vote to be pushed back, and to not appear on ballots this November.

Island voters will now have to wait until the 2019 general election to vote

People on the Islands have been pushing for this vote all year.

Earlier in the year people there raised $30,000 to fund a feasibility study.

The study is to see if it would be more cost- effective to join together.

After months of meetings, the goal was met. The money for the study was given to the Carl Vinson Institute at the University of Georgia back in April.

The study could be completed in the next 2 to 4 months.

But again, even if the study shows the incorporation is feasible- people will not be able to vote on it until 2019.

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