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CCRG files to stop Htax for sports complex

Posted: January 19, 2012 5:11 p.m.
Updated: January 20, 2012 5:00 a.m.

Herbert Farber and the Camden Committee for Responsible Government Inc. (CCRG) filed an action at the Kershaw County Courthouse Wednesday seeking a permanent injunction against the city of Camden. The injunction would stop the city from using hospitality tax funds to construct a proposed sports complex that could be run by the YMCA of Columbia.

In the filing, Farber and the CCRG stipulate that state code allowed the city to impose the 2 percent hospitality tax in 2009 and to use those funds, exclusively, for specific purposes including “tourism-related buildings, including but not limited to, civic centers, coliseums and aquariums; and … tourism-related cultural, recreational, or historic facilities.”

Farber and the CCRG claim in the filing that the city’s use of hospitality to construct the sports complex is “illegal, invalid and ultra vires,” a term meaning “beyond one’s legal power or authority,” claiming the proposed 44,000 square foot facility “does not constitute a tourism-related recreational facility or tourism-related building.”

The group and Farber seek a declaration that the use is illegal and an order “permanently enjoining” the city from expending any further hospitality tax funds on any phase of the complex’s construction.

Farber said Thursday that his and the CCRG’s attorney, Weston Adams III, will appear before council Tuesday to discuss the lawsuit.

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