James Island, on the outskirts of Charleston, is not giving up on its plans to incorporate–even after a recent denial by the state Supreme Court. James Island Mayor Bill Woolsey says the city of Charleston is targeting property owners for annexation.
“It’s true that the city has annexed bits and pieces on James Island, so is kind of tough for them to provide services efficiently. It does have so adverse affects on us, but the way we deliver the basic services here on James Island is really through another branch of our government, James Island government, the James Island PSD–and they are able to provide services broadly across the community,” says Woolsey.
Woolsey says they are currently preparing an appeal on the recent Supreme Court decision that denied incorporation. The court ruled the incorporation improper because some areas of James Island were not connected with others.
“If the court sticks with its current interpretation we are going to work on a fourth incorporation that we feel assured will meet that standard. Then, after we have a town that is safe from legal challenge we are going to work through annexations to get some people who can’t be included in the initial incorporation,” says Woolsey.
Woolsey says if the state’s highest court does not reconsider the decision, the town will dissolve. However, he says he does expect a fourth attempt to incorporate in the coming months.