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Chapin Nixes Hospitality Tax, Refuses Election Change

Posted on Tuesday, November 15th, 2016 at 9:20 pm. Posted to Community, Government.

After hearing opposition from residents and small business owners who said they would be negatively impacted, the Chapin Town Council Tuesday turned down a 2-cent tax on prepared food and drinks proposed by Mayor Skip Wilson.  The vote was 4 to 1 against, with Mayor Wilson casting the only yes vote.

If it had passed, the tax would have increased the sales tax on prepared foods and drinks sold within the town limits from 7 cents to 9 cents.

Mayor Wilson had maintained that tourists coming into the town would shoulder a large part of the additional tax burden, and that they would bring additional business into the town.  Jerry Caldwell, owner of The Coffee Shelf said that 85 to 90 percent of his business is derived from people living within the 29036 zipcode.  “I am not seeing the tourists who will support this tax.  My customers will bear the burden.”

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Chapin Town Council Meeting Nov. 15, 2016

Posted on Monday, November 14th, 2016 at 2:06 pm. Posted to Government.

CHAPIN TOWN COUNCIL REGULAR MEETING
CHAPIN TOWN HALL

157 NW COLUMBIA AVENUE

NOVEMBER 15, 2016   6:00 PM

 

AGENDA

  1. CALL TO ORDER, DETERMINE QUORUM, PRAYER AND PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
  2. STATEMENT OF FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT COMPLIANCE
  3. REVIEW AND ACCEPTANCE OF MINUTES
    1. October 18, 2016 Utility Budget Amendment & Update to Article 7 Public Hearings
    2. October 18, 2016 Council Meeting Minutes
  4. PUBLIC COMMENTS RELATED TO AGENDA ITEMS*
  5. MAYOR’S COMMENTS
  6. RECOGNITIONS – Will Register and Citizens Academy
  7. PRESENTATION – Eat Smart Move More SC – Hannah Jones Walters, Mph, Project Manager, Let’s Go! SC
  8. REPORTS
    1. Financial Report
    2. Police Report
    3. Zoning Report
  9. OLD BUSINESS
    1. Hospitality Tax Ordinance – 2nd Reading
  10. NEW BUSINESS
    1. Proposed 2017 Municipal Budget Ordinance – 1st Reading
    2. Municipal Election Date Change Ordinance – 1st Reading
    3. Stormwater Management Ordinance – 1st Reading
  11. ADJOURN

*Citizens may sign up to speak about issues related to the Agenda for two minutes at the beginning of the Council meeting.

Executive Session:           S.C. Code Ann. § 30-4-70 Certain Town-related matters may need to be discussed confidentially as a matter of law (contractual arrangements, acquisition of real property, personnel matters, attorney-client communications) subject to applicable legal requirements, the Council may enter executive session by a majority vote to discuss such matters. 

Council may take action on matters discussed in Executive Session.

Any person needing special accommodations to participate in the above noticed meeting should contact Town Hall the day before the meeting at 803-345-2444 ext. 224.


Chapin Council Gives Reading To Hospitality Tax

Posted on Tuesday, October 18th, 2016 at 10:20 pm. Posted to Government.

The Chapin Town Council Tuesday gave first reading approval to imposing a two percent hospitality tax on the sale of prepared foods and beverages within the town limits. The motion by Mayor Skip Wilson and seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Mike Clonts carried by a 3-2 vote. Robbie Frick also voted in favor. Kay Hollis and Gregg White voted in opposition.

In citizen comments before the vote was taken, Jerry Caldwell of the Coffee Shelf said, “I live outside the town limits, but I own a business inside the town, The Coffee Shelf. I understand we need better infrastructure in Chapin. My customers understand that. We get it. But it’s my strong opinion that the hospitality tax is the wrong way to go about accomplishing that mission.

“I moved here six years ago,”Caldwell said, and I learned quickly that those of us living in the 29036 area code, when we go out to eat, we go to Harbison. That’s just what we do. When you’re a business owner your goal is to change the habit pattern of the consumers who live here. And that’s a tough habit to change. And I think that’s an understatement. It’s the goal of business owners here in Chapin to achieve growth. Chapin has grown; there’s no doubt about it. But in the time I’ve been here I’ve seen that growth fail in many painful manners, and you who live here know what I am talking about — businesses come and go.

“It feels like we are starting to make inroads on that, and Publix will certainly help to change the habit patterns and get people who live outside the town limits to come into Chapin, but to say we have turned the corner would, in my opinion, be an overstatement. We have not turned the corner yet. We’re not there.

“I feel a hospitality tax would be a huge step backwards. We are starting to change the habit patterns. We are starting to get people to understand there are things to do here in Chapin. You add a hospitality tax, and now people are going to be apt to think, “Why don’t I just go to Harbison? I’m not saving any money by staying here.”

“I’ve heard the argument that we are just talking about two cents on the dollar. Well my customers already pay seven cents on the dollar. Now they’re going to be paying nine cents on the dollar. To think that that is not significant, in my opinion, may be a little bit shortsighted. This will better serve to stunt our growth than it will to speed our growth.

“Chapin is not a tourism designation. In the Chapin area, the tourists are those who live in the 29036 zip code. Do we really want to lose those? In my opinion this could go a long way toward losing those patrons.”

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Tuesday Council Meeting Agenda

Posted on Saturday, October 15th, 2016 at 7:42 am. Posted to Government.

CHAPIN TOWN COUNCIL REGULAR MEETING
CHAPIN TOWN HALL
157 NW COLUMBIA AVENUE
OCTOBER 18, 2016   6:00 PM

AGENDA
1. CALL TO ORDER, DETERMINE QUORUM, PRAYER AND PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
2. STATEMENT OF FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT COMPLIANCE
3. REVIEW OF MINUTES
a. SEPTEMBER 15, 2016 WWTP PUBLIC HEARING MINUTES
b. SEPTEMBER 20, 2016 COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES
4. PUBLIC COMMENTS RELATED TO AGENDA ITEMS*
5. MAYOR’S COMMENTS
6. PRESENTATION OF THE PROPOSED TOWN PARK MASTER PLAN – GRIMBALL-COTTERILL
7. REPORTS
a. Financial Report
b. Police Report
c. Utility Report
d. Zoning Report
8. OLD BUSINESS
a. FY 2016 Utility Department Budget Amendment Ordinance – 2nd Reading
b. Update to Article 7 (Landscaping, Buffer and Open Space) of the Zoning Ordinance – 2nd Reading
c. Hospitality Tax Ordinance – 1st Reading
9. NEW BUSINESS
a. Proclamation Declaring October 23-29, 2016 as “Environmental Systems Operators Week”
b. Proclamation Declaring November 17, 2016 as “World Pancreatic Cancer Day”
c. Resolution – Authorizing/Approving the Mutual Aid and Assistance Agreement for Utilities Dept.
d. Resolution – Authorizing/Approving the Mutual Aid Agreements for the Police Dept.
10. EXECUTIVE SESSSION
a. Section 30-4-70 (a) (2) Design Contract for the Wastewater Treatment Plant Expansion Project
11. ADJOURN
*Citizens may sign up to speak about issues related to the Agenda for two minutes at the beginning of the Council meeting.
Executive Session: S.C. Code Ann. § 30-4-70 Certain Town-related matters may need to be discussed confidentially as a matter of law (contractual arrangements, acquisition of real property, personnel matters, attorney-client communications) subject to applicable legal requirements, the Council may enter executive session by a majority vote to discuss such matters.
Council may take action on matters discussed in Executive Session.
Any person needing special accommodations to participate in the above noticed meeting should contact the Town Office the day before the meeting at 803-345-2444.


Roads meeting planned in Chapin for Thursday Sept. 29

Posted on Tuesday, September 27th, 2016 at 12:57 pm. Posted to Community, Government.

Rep. Chip Huggins, Rep. Nathan Ballentine and Senator Ronnie Cromer are joining together to host a meeting on the state of roads in the Chapin and Irmo areas with representatives from Lexington County Public Works and the SC Department of Transportation on Thursday, September 29, 2016, beginning at 6:00 pm in the Community Room at Chapin Town Hall (157 NW Columbia Avenue, Chapin, SC 29036). Members of the Chapin and Irmo communities are welcome to attend.

“One of the biggest issues I hear about from my constituents is roads,” said Huggins who represents District 85 (Irmo & Chapin). “This meeting is an opportunity for key stakeholders and residents to hear what is being planned in the area to improve traffic and road conditions as well as provide an opportunity to ask questions.”

The agenda for meeting is provided below:
Agenda
6:00 p.m. – Call to Order, Prayer and Pledge of Allegiance – Rep. Huggins
6:05 p.m. – Welcome and Opening Remarks, Mayor Skip Wilson
6:15 – 6:45 p.m. – Mr. Wrenn Barrett, Director, Lexington County Public Works
6:50 – 7:20 p.m. – Mr. Robert Dickinson, Mr. John Boylston and Ms. Jennifer Necker, SCDOT
7:25 – 7:55 p.m. Questions and Answers
8:00 p.m. – Adjourn


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