A two-state effort to retrace the North and South Carolina state line is just about complete — with only 31 miles of the 334-mile border left to mark.
State Senator Wes Hayes (R-Rock Hill) serves on the Joint Boundary Commission, and he says the borders in Dillon, Marlboro and Horry counties are all that’s left to be retraced and the work needs to move along.
“The longer you delay this the more complicated it gets. A lot of the area between the two states are developing and the developers and the surveyors and others aren’t exactly sure where that state line is and the sooner we pin it down the better it will for people to know for sure what state they are in,” says Hayes.
Hayes says the border is being marked and surveyed within a centimeter.
“The problem was is that when they first drew the state lines they marked it was by notching it in trees. Those trees are long gone,” says Hayes. “The way we’ve had to go back and find exactly where the line was is off of the deeds that were drawn off the state line when the trees were still in effect, and those deeds were marked with corner stakes.”
Hayes says once the entire border between the Carolinas is retraced, both states will need to pass legislation mitigating the additional taxes that will have to be paid by people and businesses who thought they were in one state but actually were in the other state.
“There are going to be a number of people affected so we may have to pass legislation in both states to try and protect those people the best we can, Constitutionally, from having taxes go up, or kids have to go to different schools, or not being able to vote in one area,” says Hayes.
That legislation, Hayes says, is not likely to be introduced until 2014.
First reported by Andrew Kiel, WRHI in Rock Hill