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Mayor’s Message

November 2021

Fellow Citizens of South Congaree:

During the October Council meeting, Joint Municipal Water and Sewer Commission’s General Manager, Jay Nicholson and Engineering and Construction Manager, Guy Schmoltze, presented to Council an overview of a Sanitary Sewer Study.  The Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for Engineering Services for the Town of South Congaree’s Sanitary Sewer Study was shared. The RFQ requests interested firms to complete an analysis of the Town’s sanitary sewer needs. A selection committee will evaluate the submittals/firms and rank the most qualified applicants.  We are very fortunate to have the JMWSC assisting us with this endeavor.

Council voted unanimously on the First Reading of Ordinance 21-005 an ordinance providing for a local hospitality tax on the sales of prepared meals and beverages in establishments in the Town of South Congaree.  What is a hospitality tax and why is it necessary?  A 2% hospitality tax is imposed on the purchase of prepared or modified food and/or beverages intended for the consumption by a restaurant, hotel, motel, caterer or other food service facility (convenience store, grocery stores) within the Town. 

Some examples of prepared and/or modified food and beverages affected by the tax:

Food and beverages served in restaurants,

Heated foods (pizza, nachos, hot dogs, sandwiches, chicken, vegetables, etc.)

Prepared sandwiches, salads, doughnuts and cakes

Fountain drinks, frozen drinks, coffee and cappuccino

Some examples of prepared and/or modified food and beverages NOT affected by the tax:

Packaged foods

Bulk or packaged cold deli products

Canned or bottled beverages

The revenue generated by the hospitality tax is to only be used to fund the operation and maintenance of current and future tourism related facilities, capital expenditures to promote quality of life, tourism, recreation, including improvement of park facilities and future park facilities, cultural and historic structures, water and sewer infrastructure, highways, roads, streets, bridges, streetscaping and other beautification improvements, signs, special events, without relying solely upon business license taxes. 

All are welcome and invited to join us for the next Team Up 2 Cleanup on Saturday, December 4th!  We will meet at the Town Hall at 9 AM that Saturday morning. Vests, bags, grabbers and gloves will be provided.

Christmas events happening in your town that you don’t want to miss:

Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on Sunday, December 5th - 5:30 p.m.

  

Jesus Is His Name - South Congaree Arena - December 4th (2/6pm), 5th (6 pm), 10th (7 pm), 11th (2/6pm),

17th (7 pm), and 18th (2/6pm).

Annual South Congaree Christmas Parade on Saturday, December 11th at 10:00 a.m.

We welcome you to attend our Town Council meetings on the third Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. Town Council meetings are also livestreamed via Town’s Facebook. 

Let’s continue working together to make South Congaree the best small town in South Carolina!

 

Happy Thanksgiving,

Cindy Campbell, Mayor