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06 Jun FY 2018 Balanced Budget and No Increase in Taxes

Beaufort City Council reviews balanced budget No tax hike due to revenue growth and tight controls on spending Public hearing and City Council votes set: June 13: Public hearing on FY 2018 Budget in City Council meeting, then first reading on the budget ordinance in City Council meeting June 27: Second reading on FY 2018 budget ordinance Slight increases in anticipated revenue to the City of Beaufort along with tight controls on spending make for a balanced budget that allows for appropriate and expected levels of service across the historic city, City Manager Bill...

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06 Jun Celebrate Community Improvement TODAY at 5 PM

Ribbon-cutting Tuesday for Duke Street improvements in downtown Beaufort Beaufort city leaders are celebrating a successful grass roots partnership that brightened and improved a section of downtown’s Duke Street. The ribbon cutting Tuesday, June 6, at 1205 Duke Street is in recognition of the hundreds of volunteer hours that helped make the project possible. The celebration is from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served and the community is invited. Part of the Beaufort Redevelopment Commission’s “Street by Street” initiative, the Duke Street demonstration site work began in Summer 2016 through...

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06 Jun Hurricane Season 2017: A word from the City and a link to a copy of the SC State Hurricane Guide

HURRICANE SEASON IS ALREADY UPON US Message From Beaufort Police Captain Rob Carson followed by SC Hurricane Guide If you are aware of any groups (neighborhood, businesses, churches, civic, educational, etc.) that would like a specially tailored hurricane presentation; please contact me and we will make it happen. Remember to prepare yourselves and your family by communicating plans and gathering supplies. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions. As learned during Matthew; communication is so important. Please choose one or more of the following methods to receive updates and don’t hesitate...

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06 Jun Beaufort Code – Update

The Beaufort Port Royal Metropolitan Planning Commission and the City Council held multiple public hearings on the proposed Beaufort Code. Stakeholders have spent hundreds of hours meeting with staff incorporating suggestions and council has begun our review of all revisions. At tonight's work session we will continue our work. Meanwhile a team of stakeholders,  including specialists and residents,  are in the process of "field testing" the code on projects that have been completed or are currently underway. The goal is to ensure the code is clear and makes our processes more...

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06 Jun What others are saying about the Paris Climate Agreement

  Post-ABC Poll: Nearly 6 in 10 oppose Trump Scrapping Paris Agreement https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2017/06/05/post-abc-poll-nearly-6-in-10-oppose-trump-scrapping-paris-agreement/?utm_term=.9dc57de61079&wpisrc=al_alert-COMBO-hse%252Bnational&wpmk=1 As US withdraws from climate deal, Carolinas companies stick to their own plans Posted: 01 Jun 2017 02:12 PM PDT Charlotte Observer June 1, 2017 BY BRUCE HENDERSON As critics bemoaned President Trump’s decision Thursday to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris climate accords, business experts say the move will have little practical effect on Carolinas businesses. Power companies like Duke Energy are already moving away from coal, the fuel whose carbon emissions are linked to climate change, and toward cheaper, cleaner natural gas and...

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06 Jun I will join SC Mayors and College Presidents

As the impact on proposed changes on national energy policy unfold,  many are concerned about the future. Fortunately, according to polling data, about 60% of Americans do not support the US withdrawing from the Paris Climate Agreement. Tell me if I am wrong, but I believe that the environment, air and water quality, off shore testing and drilling for oil and gas and rising sea levels will be huge considerations for the next generation and we should do our absolute best to prepare them protect those interests. Turning ones back on the environment is  like...

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06 Jun Code Camp Anyone?

Fridays @ the Corridor - Reminder CODEcamp: What Do We Need? We continue to work with our colleagues throughout the city, county, and state to evolve a hands-on coding program that meets the untapped technology needs of the region’s workforce. At the June Fridays @ the Corridor event, Pamela Wood Browne, Program Manager of the up-state SC Codes project, will discuss the lessons learned from two successive and successful coding programs that she helped deploy in Greenville. Following her presentation, we invite the Beaufort community to join us in a Q&A session to...

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23 May The Budget Puzzle – Many Pieces

When we get our tax bills in the fall, many don't see the line items from the various entities or services.  First we should understand that everyone in Beaufort County does not get the same tax bill. Everyone who lives in the County does get the county bill. This is to say that for government operations, county debt service, open space acquisitions (as approved by the voters)  if you live on Hilton Head or in Bluffton, Port Royal and the City of Beaufort you pay the same for government operations as...

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23 May Beaufort listed 5th of 9 Cutest Small Towns in America

I cannot say that I regularly read "Jetsetter", but am happy to have run across the following story. 9 Cutest Small Towns in America Every year, America’s small towns draw tourists—and new residents—to their streets in droves. They are, after all, reminders of a simpler way of life, where mom-and-pop shops are the norm, everybody knows your name, and the pace is slower than the speed of tweets. To help you get away from the breakneck tempo of your daily routine, we rounded up nine of the cutest small towns for an...

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