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Applications are available in the Assessor’s Office (Public Service Administration Building, Office 120) or online.
Applications must be completed by January 15th in the year following the purchase or ownership change.
The 4% assessment would only apply to the portion of the property used as your residence. The 6% ratio would apply to the remainder of the property.
To appeal an appraisal, the property owner must object in writing to the Assessor’s Office.
The Assessor’s Office schedules a hearing between the property owner and the Assessor, Deputy Assessor or staff appraiser to discuss reasons for the appeal. After the hearing, the Assessor’s Office sends the property owner a letter describing decisions and appraisal changes if any.
If the property owner has any further objections, they must object in writing and mail to the Boards of Assessment Appeals within 30 days. The Board then schedules a hearing, and after the hearing notifies the property owner in writing of the results.
If still aggrieved, the property owner may file an appeal (in writing) with the Administrative Law Court Division in Columbia. To appeal a "Notice of Change of Classification Appraisal and Assessment," the property owner must do so within 90 days of the date of the notice.
You must submit the following to the Assessor’s Office in the Public Service Administration Building (Office 120), located at 201 W Main Street in Kingstree:
All mobile home owners must register and obtain a decal costing $5 from the Tax Assessor’s Office. Any change in ownership requires a new decal. Mobile Home owners retiring title are not exempt from decal requirement.Fees for Mobile Home permits are $50, plus a $100 inspection fee paid to Code Enforcement office.
For mobile homes within the City Limits of Kingstree, please see Town of Kingstree for more information.
You may obtain a Building Permit application and permit costs from the Code Enforcement Office; visit the Code Enforcement Department page for more information.
All requirements for property in the rural areas of the county are found in the Land Development Regulations book, which can be obtained from the Code Enforcement Office in the Public Service Administration Building (Suite 121), located at 201 W Main Street in Kingstree.
For properties within the City Limits of Kingstree, Hemingway or Andrews consult with the respective city for any additional requirements such as:
All plats must be submitted for approval to the Williamsburg County Planning Commission (Code Enforcement Office) and stamped approved prior to submission to Assessor’s Office for assignment of new parcel identification number.
An application and instruction sheet can be obtained in the Assessor’s Office upon request. For more information, contact the Assessor’s Office.
Yes. The satellite tax office is located at the former Chavis School, found at:2118 S Hemingway Highway 41-51Hemingway, SC 29554
Tuesday8:30 am to 1 pm
Thursday1 to 5 pm
For more information, contact the Auditor’s Office.
The answer to this question depends greatly on which tax record needs to be updated. To assist with this the Auditor’s Office has created a helpful guide to assist taxpayers in updating their addressing information; to access it, visit the Changing Addresses on Tax Records page.
For more information, contact the nearest office of the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV); contact the Kingstree DMV by phone 843-354-9217.
The dealership was referring to the state sales tax and the license plate; the bill you received from the County Auditor is for the personal property tax due on the vehicle. Taxes are due 120 days from the purchase date.
If you do not pay the taxes due by the due date, a notice will be sent to the Department of Motor Vehicles to suspend your driver’s license. If your driver’s license is suspended for non-payment of property taxes and you also hold a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL), it will also be affected by the suspension.
If you receive a property tax bill and you no longer own the vehicle, contact the Auditor’s office immediately concerning a possible proration of taxes owed.
There is no senior citizen discount on motor vehicle taxes.
The Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) does offer discounts on the semi-annual license renewal fee for persons 64 years of age or older. Visit the DMV website to check registration fees. For those 64 years of age, the fee is $22 for passenger vehicles every two years instead of the regular $24, and for those who are 65 or older, the reduced fee is $20 every two years for passenger vehicles (instead of $24), $30 for trucks with gross vehicle weight of 6000 pounds or less.
Even though vehicle registration is renewed only every other year, it should be noted that county personal property taxes are due every year.
In South Carolina, personal property encompasses:
Personal property tax also applies to equipment, furniture, fixtures and machinery primarily used by businesses.
With the exception of motor vehicles, personal property taxes must be paid by January 15 of the following year, unless that day falls on a county holiday or weekend.
Personal property taxes on motor vehicles and recreational vehicles are due throughout the year on a staggered monthly schedule and must be paid before your license plates can be renewed.
Values of personal property are kept current through annual updates by the SC Department of Revenue and the SC Department of Natural Resources.
If you owned the property on December 31, preceding the current tax year, you are responsible for the taxes for that entire year; for example, if you owned a boat on December 31, 2010, you are responsible for paying the taxes by January 15, 2012. Personal property is taxed in arrears (except for motor vehicles).
If you purchase personal property on or after January 1, you will not have to pay county taxes on it until January of the following year.
This information does not apply to motor vehicles.
Yes, you have until the taxes are due to appeal in writing to the Auditor’s office. It is important that you contact SC Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and call the Auditor’s office when you receive a tax bill, if after December 31st of the previous year, you have junked, abandoned, destroyed, or sold the water craft. If the property taxes are unpaid, the taxes follow the watercraft and become the responsibility of the new owner, if you try to sell the watercraft.
Someone from the Auditor’s office will review your personal property appeal or discuss other status of the watercraft.
The appeal of the value of the boat or airplane does not extend the due date of the taxes.
Owners of businesses using equipment, furniture, fixtures or machinery are required to file an annual personal property tax return with the Williamsburg County Auditor. If you have a business and do not file the form PT-100 with the SC. Department of Revenue, then you are required to file with the County Auditor.
The Auditor is required by law to estimate all accounts in which a return was not filed.
Estimates may be higher than the original filed amount.
Boats or outboard motors with a fair market value of $500 or less are not taxable.
No, not in South Carolina.
First, take the title numbers and check with the county in which the owner lives to make sure all back taxes are paid. If the taxes are unpaid, in accordance with SC. law, the taxes follow the watercraft and become the responsibility of the new owner.
In 2007 the SC Legislature passed legislation that completely exempts from your tax bill all taxes levied for school operating purposes on the value of your legal residence. The Homestead Exemption credit continues to completely exempt the value of $50,000 for all purposes except for school operating purposes (already exempted by the new 2007 legislation).
This program is often confused with the Application for Special Assessment as Legal Residence (4%) which is processed by the Tax Assessor’s Office. The Homestead Exemption and the Legal Residence Special Assessment are two separate programs and must be made with two different applications.
If statements 1, 2, and 3 are true, you are qualified to receive the Homestead Exemption:
The surviving spouse of a qualified or potentially qualified recipient may also receive the benefit if:
The Williamsburg County Auditor’s Office may accept applications during the following periods:
You may apply for the Homestead Exemption at the Williamsburg County Auditor’s office. If you are unable to go to the Auditor’s office, an agent can make an application on your behalf.
Proof of your eligibility is required. This may entail a number of documents, depending on why you are eligible:
No. It is not necessary to reapply annually, except when there is a change of ownership as a result of death or a change in occupancy.
It is necessary to reapply when one of the following occurs:
Example of a tax bill with credits for school operations (school tax credit savings) and homestead exemption:
New school tax credit savings:
Homestead exemption credit:
Total tax bill with both credits: $712.50 - $375 - $270 = $67.50
This is an example and may not apply the same benefit for your property.
This example does not include any credit for the Local Option Sales Tax (LOST).
If your deed is in your name and your spouse’s name, you up to the full limit of the exemption as long as one of you meet the eligibility requirements. If your deed is in your name and someone other than your spouse’s name, you will only get a portion of the exemption equal to the amount of interest you have in the property as listed on your deed.
The Williamsburg County Auditor’s Staff will answer any questions regarding eligibility status and application procedures. Please call 843-355-9321, ext. 5600 with any questions regarding the Homestead Exemption Program.
The SC Department of Revenue certifies exemptions for real estate to the County Tax Assessor and exemptions for vehicles to the County Auditor.
To access the forms and instructions for determining exemption eligibility or applications for exemption (Form PT-401 and Form PT-401-I), visit the Department of Revenue website.
All disability exemptions from property taxes are listed in Section B of the Department of Revenue’s Form PT-401-I (Application for Exemptions Instructions). These instructions are from SC Code of Laws Section 12-37-220, General Exemptions from Taxes. The Application for Exemption Form PT-401 must be submitted to the Department of Revenue and a copy of the approval given to the County Auditor for the exemption of property taxes.
One personal motor vehicle owned or leased by a legal guardian of a minor who is blind or required to use a wheelchair when the vehicle is used to transport the minor. The following must accompany the application/have copies provided:
You may qualify for military exemption.
All military exemptions from property taxes are listed in Section B of the Department of Revenue’s Form General Exemptions from Taxes. The Application for Exemption (Form PT-401) must be submitted to the Department of Revenue and a copy of the approval given to the County Auditor for the exemption of property taxes.
If you need more information, there is a Department of Revenue Office in Columbia; please contact them by phone at 803-898-5000.
In simplified terms, there are three elements to South Carolina’s property tax system:
The tax rate is generally reflected in "mills," or "millage rate." A tax mill represents a tax liability of one penny per $1 of assessed value; for example, a tax rate of 300 mills translates to $0.30 tax per $1 of assessed value.
This is true for both real estate and personal property.
An assessment is the market value of a piece of property on a certain date, multiplied by the assessment ratio which applies to that piece of property, e.g., a 4% assessment ratio for an owner-occupied house.
It must be postmarked no later than the due date to avoid penalty.
If the due date falls on a weekend or a county holiday, the due date is extended to the next business day afterwards.
The value of a mill is always one tenth of a cent, or one thousandth of a dollar; for example, a tax rate of 300 mills translates to $0.30 tax per $1 of assessed value.
This is true for all types of property.
If your home of record is not South Carolina, you do not have to pay personal property taxes while permanently stationed in this state.
In order for your mobile home to qualify, it must be your primary residence. It must also be registered and titled in the service member’s name to qualify for 100% exemption (if joint ownership is not with a spouse 50% of the exemption will apply).
This exemption does not include county taxes on real property. To obtain the exemption, you can submit your latest Leave and Earnings Statement and photocopy of current military ID to the Auditor’s office. You can mail, fax or hand-deliver these documents to the Auditor’s Office to receive the exemption. This exemption is valid for one year, and you will need to reapply every year.
For more information or to submit your documentation, contact the Auditor’s Office.
Property owners can apply for the SC Tax Relief/Legal Residence Discount for their one legal residence in the state of South Carolina. This means that the qualifying property’s market value would be assessed at a ratio of 4% rather than 6% to obtain the property’s assessment (assessed value) for tax purposes.
Even on a "home place" some of the property may not qualify, for example:
You can look at the information in the upper right hand of your tax bill to see whether the billed property has Legal Residence. The property tax notice you received will have an assessment of 4% on the owner occupied line of the tax notice.
The Assessor’s Office has the forms that you can pick up, fill out and submit through their office; for more information, contact the Assessor’s Office.
A motor home that:
A boat or watercraft that:
A trailer (camper) that is pulled by a motor vehicle that:
We encourage all citizens or interest parties to please attend County Council meetings and/or call for questions.
For more information, please call the County Supervisor Office at 843-355-9321.
Sometimes, it may be several weeks or longer between steps in the recruitment process. This ensures fair evaluation and allows us to find the best person for the job. The time and effort are worth it; a job may be waiting for you!
Our objective is to hire the best person for the job, so competition is keen. Each job opening generates many applications. Each hiring manager reviews their applicants for job knowledge and skill sets to find the best match for their department. We encourage you to continue to apply for positions for which you are qualified.
We appreciate your patience and interest in our jobs.
Be sure to know:
The steps of the selection process vary depending on the position. For example, an applicant screening and selection interview may be all that is required. On the other hand, applicants may be required to pass a written exam or a panel interview. Decisions about the selection process are made by the hiring manager and Personnel when the position opens.
We receive a large volume of applications. If you are selected for an interview, Personnel or the hiring department head will contact you. If you have specific details you would like to share with Personnel, you may want to attach a cover letter communicating that information.
Please send Personnel a letter, email, or fax with your name and new contact information to be placed with your application. If we are unable to contact you because you have moved or changed your phone number, your name will be withdrawn from consideration.
Yes. You must submit a separate application for each job. You may apply for as many jobs as you wish as long as the positions are currently open.
You only need to apply for each position once. As soon as we receive your application, Personnel manager will have access to your information. You will be contacted if selected for an interview.
Williamsburg County application is required for each position that you are interested in applying for and a resume can be attached to supplement the application, but not as a replacement.
If this section has no openings listed it means we are not recruiting for any position at this time.
When a position becomes available for recruitment, the County will issues a job announcement for the position. This announcement contains a brief job description, statement of minimum training and experience, and a description of any special qualifications that may be required, e.g. licenses, certifications.
Opening and closing dates appear on every job announcement. Be certain your application is received by the Personnel Department by 5 pm on the closing date. Depending on the number of applications received the closing date may be extended and the job announcement will read open until filled.
Job openings are updated continuously. Just visit our Job Opportunities page to see available positions, or visit the South Carolina Employment Security Commission at:590 Martin Luther King Jr. BoulevardKingstree SC 29556
Call the Public Works office at 843-355-8900 and put in an application over the phone.
All County roads are maintained on a regular schedule; for more information contact the Public Works office at 843-355-8900.
Attend the tax sales annually. The dates of delinquent tax sales are advertised in local newspapers before each sale.
No. Anyone can pay a tax bill. However, payment of someone else’s tax bill does not give one claim to the property.
When real property/mobile homes are sold at a delinquent tax sale, the defaulting taxpayer has one year from the date of the sale to redeem the property.
In order to redeem property before it is conveyed to a new owner, the defaulting taxpayer must pay the redemption amount. This consists of the taxes, penalties, plus interest on the bid amount (the amount for which the property was sold at the tax sale).
Yes, you must register for the sale. No, there is not a fee.
All bids must be paid in cash or certified funds before the close of business day.
The interest due to the bidder may not exceed the opening bid amount submitted on behalf of the Forfeited Land Commission (FLC), which is the amount of outstanding tax liability due on the property. Interest increases by 3% each quarter of the redemption year for a maximum of 12% possible interest earned.
If there is a failure to perform any action necessary to pass title, the Tax Collector may void a tax sale any time before the passing of the tax deed.
There are three ways to register to vote in Williamsburg County:
You should contact the local Registration and Election Office to make sure that your application was received and processed. If there is an election scheduled that you want to vote in, you should call no later than 30 days prior to make sure that you are registered prior to the deadline.
You can go to the Registration and Election Office in the county where you currently reside to register to vote.
You may inquire at the South Carolina Election Commission website to view your voter record. You can even get driving directions to your precinct from this site.
No, you do not register by party. However, you must choose which political party primary you want to vote in for each election.
No, you may split your vote in the General Election any way you want.
As long as you will be 18 by the day of the General Election you may register. You are also eligible to vote in the Primary Election that precedes the General Election even if you are 17.
To get a replacement for a lost voter registration card, please contact your local county board of voter registration. If you can’t manage to get your card replaced, a valid South Carolina driver’s license or a Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) state issue ID card can be used as proof of identity at your local precinct.
You or a member of your immediate family may:
No, we do not have "early voting" in South Carolina. We have "absentee voting."
The following are eligible to vote by absentee ballot:
You may request ballots for every election scheduled during the entire calendar year, anytime after January 1st. You must specify which elections you want absentee applications for.
You can register again after you have served your entire sentence and probation time. You must provide documentation showing the completion of service.
No, you must be a legal citizen of the U.S. to vote.
Bills are mailed out at the end of the month and are due on the 15th of the following month, and a 10% penalty will be added to the bill if not paid by the 15th of the following month.
The base costs are:
Please contact the Water and Sewer Office by calling 843-355-8997 for information on specific areas to be served.
A Boil Water Advisory (BWA) is a public statement advising customers to boil tap water before consuming it. Advisories are issued when an event has occurred allowing the possibility for the water distribution system to become contaminated.
An advisory does not mean that the water is contaminated, but rather that it could be contaminated; because the water quality is unknown, customers should assume the water is unsafe to drink and take the appropriate precautions.
An advisory is different from a Boil Water Notice, which is issued when contamination is confirmed in the water system. During a notice, all customers must boil their water before consuming it or use bottled water.
After an advisory or notice has been lifted (if contamination of the water system did occur), you should flush household pipes, ice makers, water fountains, etc. prior to using for drinking or cooking. Flushing simply means letting the water run to ensure that no contaminated water remains in your pipes.
Follow the these guidelines for flushing:
Most point-of-use (POU) filters are designed to improve the aesthetics of water (improve taste and odor), not remove harmful bacteria.
You can learn about the capability of your filter by contacting the manufacturer, or NSF International, an independent testing group located in Ann Arbor, Michigan. To reach NSF International, call 800-673-8010 or visit the NSF International website for more information.
If in doubt, you should boil your water or use bottled water even if you have a filtering system.
An advisory or notice will remain in effect until test samples show the water is safe to drink. Testing for bacteria requires 18 to 24 hours to complete, depending on the type of test used. The samples are incubated to actually grown bacteria, if any are present. As a result, advisories and notices will be in effect for at least 18 to 24 hours.
Total coliform bacteria are a collection of microorganisms that live in large numbers in the intestines of humans and animals, as well as in most soils and surface water. A sub-group of these microorganisms is the fecal coliform bacteria, the most common member being E. coli. These bacteria occur naturally in lakes and streams, but indicate that the water is contaminated with human or animal waste and therefore may pose a health risk to people who drink it.
The water treatment process removes these bacteria from the water, but events such as a water main break or a loss of pressure in the water distribution system may allow these bacteria to enter water lines through cracks in pipes or back-siphoning from a residential plumbing system. Boiling water vigorously for one minute will kill these bacteria and make water safe to drink.
By regulation, Williamsburg County Water Authority must follow certain public notification efforts, which include dissemination to media outlets, door-to-door notification, and any other means to notify water users.
The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC or DHEC), through the State Primary Drinking Water Regulation (R. 61-58), regulates water utilities and specifies instances when an advisory or notice must be issued.
An advisory must be issued in the following instances:
A Boil Water Notice must be issued under the following circumstances:
These situations are not the only times when an advisory or notice should be issued. Specific situations, upon consultation with DHEC, may also require an advisory or notice.
State drinking water regulations require DHEC to issue a Boil Water Advisory for the affected geographic areas before a Hurricane makes landfall. Because a hurricane may cause damage to the water system that may make the water unsafe to drink, and because the hurricane may disrupt methods of public notification after a storm, the advisory must be issued before the hurricane strikes.
After the storm, you should stay tuned to radio reports for further instructions. Williamsburg County Water Authority will dispatch crews to begin surveying damage and making repairs immediately after the storm. If sampling shows that the water has been contaminated by bacteria Williamsburg County Water Authority, will issue a Boil Water Notice; if tests show the water is safe to drink, Williamsburg County Water Authority will lift the advisory.
Williamsburg County Water Authority will issue a repeal of the advisory or notice when the water is safe to drink; stay tuned to radio and television stations for updates. Williamsburg County Water Authority will also post information on this website and post an automated message on the Customer Service phone menu system, which can be access by dialing 843-355-8997.
Until test results show the water is safe to drink, you should not drink the water without boiling it first. During an advisory, chances are, if you are in good health, you will not get sick from drinking the water; however, young children, some of the elderly, and people with severely compromised immune systems should not drink the water until it is deemed safe to drink.
Symptoms of illness caused by bacteria in the water may include:
Please note that these symptoms are not caused only by organisms in drinking water. If you experience any of these symptoms and they persist, you may want to seek medical advice.
A Do Not Drink Notice will be issued when the water contains a chemical contaminant that cannot be removed by boiling. In this case, bottled water should be used for drinking or cooking.
A Do Not Use Notice will be issued if there is a contaminant in the water that may be inhaled or otherwise harmful on contact.