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News Release

Hilton Head Island Town Council Discusses Legal Options to Deal With Beaufort County Uniform Service Fee; Schedules Second Meeting on the Matter

Release Date: August 27, 2020

Contact Information:
Carolyn Grant email icon , Communications Director, 843-341-4618

The Hilton Head Island Town Council met today to receive legal advice on potential litigation regarding the Beaufort County Uniform Service Charge for law enforcement.

The Council did not take any action following the executive session held as part of the meeting.

However, the Council did decide to meet again on Monday, August 31, to continue its discussion on the matter. In accordance with Emergency Ordinance 2020-17, this meeting is being conducted virtually and can be viewed on the Town's Facebook Page (https://www.facebook.com/TownofHiltonHeadIslandSC), and website (https://hiltonheadislandsc.gov).

On Monday, August 24, the Beaufort County Council voted to impose a uniform law enforcement service charge for the Town of Hilton Head Island. This charge would generate surplus revenue for Beaufort County on top of the approximately $52,000,000 that it already receives annually from Hilton Head Island taxpayers.

Town officials are opposed to the charge and are considering legal action to block implementation and collection of this new service charge to protect Island residents from having to pay the fee.