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League of Women Voters of Hilton Head Island/Bluffton Area Public Policy

2018-2019 LWVHHI/BA LOCAL PUBLIC POLICY POSITIONS

ELECTORAL DEMOCRACY

Redistricting (Adopted 2018)

We support the drawing of voting district lines following the decennial census that reflect strict anti-gerrymandering standards at all levels of government, in accordance with the LWVSC redistricting position. More specifically, we support the adoption of these standards to redistricting maps drawn at the County Council, School Board and Town Council levels of government.

NATURAL RESOURCES

Beach Management (Adopted 2003-2004; revised 2018): We support beach management projects that are for the public good rather than for the benefit of private property. Such projects should make use of re-nourishment methods first and employ hard structures only when nourishment alone is ineffective. Clear goals and quantitatively designed measures of each project's success should be established and ensured by careful, professional monitoring over the long term. If a hard structure is demonstrated to adversely affect nearby beaches, mitigation, re-design or removal should be required.

Drinking Water and Sewer Service (Adopted 2015) We support the conservation and preservation of available drinking water and the availability of sewer service.

Off-Shore Seismic Testing and Drilling (Adopted 2018) We believe that seismic testing in an attempt to locate deposits of oil or natural gas off South Carolina's Atlantic shore would severely endanger the ocean's living creatures and that any uncertain benefits that might be realized from off-shore drilling there are far outweighed by the potential for great damage to the state's natural environment, its tourist-based economy, and the health and quality of life of its residents.

Sensitive Land Areas (Adopted 2015) We support the preservation of sensitive and historic land areas and tree cover. Waterways (Adopted 2004-2005) We support preservation and protection of Outstanding Resource Waters and the quality of other local waterways. We are opposed to marinas on Outstanding Resource Waters.

Wetlands (Adopted 2003-2004; revised 2015): We support the preservation and protection of wetlands, area beaches, and local waterways, including but not limited to Calibogue Sound, the May River, the Colleton River, and the Okatie River.

STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT

Transparency (Adopted 2015) We support transparency in local government decisions.

TRANSPORTATION

Accommodations Tax Funding (Adopted 2003-2004) Accommodations Tax (A-Tax) monies may be an appropriate source of funding for regional public transportation

Comprehensive Transportation Plan (Adopted 2003-2004) County Council should put a comprehensive transportation plan in place within a reasonable time

LWVSC (STATE) PUBLIC POLICY POSITIONS OF PARTICULAR INTEREST

EDUCATION

State funding issues (including Act 388) and needed response for poor rural districts (2015)

Support state initiatives to prevent the inappropriate use of public funds for private and religious education (2018)

ELECTORAL DEMOCRACY

Open and thorough study, evaluation and selection of new voting machines (2015)

STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT

Protection of home rule for local governments. (2015)

Transparency in local government decisions (2015)

STATE AND LOCAL TAXATION

Comprehensive tax reform for SC (2015)

State and local taxation recommendations with special attention to concerns for natural resources, infrastructure, and education (2015)

LOCAL AREAS OF INTEREST TO BE MONITORED

EDUCATION

Board of Education (2015)

School District budgeting process (2015)

NATURAL RESOURCES

Land purchases with public funds and use of Rural and Critical Lands revenue approved by referendum (2015)

Land use decision-making process of Planning Commissions and Town and County Council (2015)

Comprehensive Plan Reviews (2015)

TAXATION

Local revenue and taxation (2015)

To see LWVHHI/BA's 2018-2019 Focus for Action," please refer to the Action and Advocacy Section of this website.