Senate members passed an amendment that says a city or town in South Carolina could not use state tax dollars to file suit against the state. Berkeley Senator Larry Grooms introduced the legislation.
One of the motivating factors to introducing this proviso was that the city of North Charleston has declared that they are going to sue the state of South Carolina in federal court. And, the state of South Carolina sends taxpayer dollars to fund the city’s operations and I think it’s a poor use of tax dollars for the state to fund both sides of the lawsuit.
Grooms says the city is actually harming the citizens of North Charleston, in which North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey is trying to protect.
To me it makes no sense for the state to send financial aid to the city for then the city to use to sue the state. Using taxpayer dollars to fund both sides of the lawsuit is not good for the taxpayer.
The senator says they were still working on a resolution where everyone can benefit from the rail placement. But, North Charleston’s lawsuit derails that plan, according to Grooms.
I don’t want the city to sue the state of South Carolina, for one. I believe that reasonable people can have reasonable solutions to some issues. I can’t understate the importance of having a rail solution for the economic benefit for all the people of South Carolina.
Mayor Summey issued a statement Wednesday on the amendment, saying “These bully tactics will not deter the city of North Charleston from fighting for the rights of its citizens.” Grooms says he’s not against North Charleston, and he believes a solution can be reached.
I can’t understate the need to do it in a way that has, or respects the quality of life issues for the people who live around the rail lines in the city of North Charleston. The citizens must be respected. We must come up with a solution that does not negatively impact their lives, but we also must have a solution that brings about the economic growth that we want for our state.
Grooms’ amendment was passed Tuesday with a 25-12 vote.