Uniting West Ashley As ONE


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We're redefining West Ashley as ONE. One jurisdiction, one tax district, one city, the City of Charleston. Uniting West Ashley under one district leads to greater saftey and efficiency, which can lead to lower taxes and better services for all. Please see this presentation to learn how annexation can get you more services, for less money.

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Uniting West Ashley As ONE

  2. 2. St. Andrews Public Service District CHARLESTON CITY CITY OF CHARLESTON <ul><li>EMERGENCY SERVICES: </li></ul><ul><li>City Police & Fire headquarters & several </li></ul><ul><li>substations throughout W. Ashley </li></ul><ul><li>5 City of Charleston Fire Stations </li></ul><ul><li>City Police Dept, Largest in SC </li></ul><ul><li>Crime Prevention & Investigation </li></ul><ul><li>PUBLIC SERVICES: </li></ul><ul><li>Weekly Garbage Pick-up </li></ul><ul><li>City Stormwater Management </li></ul><ul><li>Pothole Fix & Citizen Help Line </li></ul><ul><li>100+ City Service Divisions </li></ul><ul><li>500+ acres of City parks & fields </li></ul><ul><li>And more... </li></ul>ST. ANDREWS PSD PSD <ul><li>EMERGENCY SERVICES: </li></ul><ul><li>Public Service Fire Coverage </li></ul><ul><li>No PSD Police (Countywide System Police & Government) </li></ul><ul><li>PUBLIC SERVICES: </li></ul><ul><li>Weekly Garbage Pick-up </li></ul>COMPARE
  3. 3. CWS Water & Sewer $758 $1,124 Property Taxes $1,026 $1,166 Vehicle Taxes $274 $287 Stormwater Fee $72 $36 TOTAL SERVICE COST $2,130 $2,613 UNITING WEST ASHLEY As ONE CITY How much do you pay annually? FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS WEST OF THE ASHLEY CHARLESTON CITY ST ANDREWS PSD Q: Why are taxes less in the City? A: City residents get a large tax credit that is not given to PSD residents. Q: Why are CWS bills less in the City? A: City residents get a reduced rate from CWS that is not given to PSD residents (about 33% less). Q: How can I help unite West Ashley? A: Most of your neighborhood is already in the City. Unite by annexing your home into the City. This improves efficiency & safety. Q: Who is eligible to join the City? A: Any property that is contiguous or “ touching” a city limit within West Ashley is eligible. Q: Does it cost anything to join? A: No. The application is free. You can save money by joining. Q: Will my zoning stay the same? A: We will match your zoning to a comparable City zoning, unless a different zoning is discussed. Most of West Ashley became a part of the City in 1960s leaving several “donut holes” of unincorporated homes. Since 2007, 100s of properties & over 1,600 acres have annexed. “ Donut hole” property owners apply to incorporate into the city limits to receive financial benefits & superb municipal services. An average household* pays... Why does the City want me? Efficiency & Safety...Two governments providing similar services in the same neighborhood is a waste of your—the taxpayer's—money. Sending 2 garbage trucks, having 2 tax districts, and 9-1-1 directing 2 emergency teams on the same block is confusing & inefficient. Save your money. Save your government’s money. Unite West Ashley as one district. The City. Savings by Joining the City... $483 / year *Estimates based on an average household using 8Ccfs of water/sewer in a $250,000 home with two $10,000 vehicles. Tax and fee records provided by the Charleston County Online Tax Systems, Charleston Water Systems and other municipal organizations. Contact Ana for a calculation based on your home’s current appraisal & water bill ( See back for contact info ).
  4. 4. HOW DO I TRANSFER INTO THE CITY? City Council reads application at 2 meetings for approval. Welcome to the City! -CWS Bill Reduction -City Police & Fire -City Garbage Can Call 724-3789. Sign & Submit annexation application. CITY
  5. 5. 843.724.3789 What's in it for ME? Lower tax bills. Lower water bills. Lower sewer bills. City voting rights. City fire coverage. City public services. City police protection. City road maintenance. Lower adult sports fees. Lower golf course fees. Lower pool memberships. City pothole repair service. City Livability Court service. City garbage & trash pickup. City stormwater management. City Teen Police Cadet Training. City Crime Prevention Programs. City Housing Assistance Services. City sponsored events & activities. City Business Development Services. And much, much more... ARE YOU IN? Ana Emelianoff Annexation Coordinator City of Charleston CONTACT EmelianoffA@ci.charleston.sc.us www.CharlestonCity.info KEYWORD: Join Charleston Discuss with “Join Charleston City” on Linked in ® plaxo ® & Facebook ® www.linkedin.com/in/JoinCharleston