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Unfair cell phone tax in Elgin

Posted: August 3, 2012 6:32 p.m.
Updated: August 6, 2012 5:00 a.m.

As of my June 23, 2012, and July 23, 2012, phone bill, I find that the city of Elgin, S.C., has begun to include a city license tax on my phone bill of $1.12. (I am not a resident of Elgin.)

I spoke to Elgin Mayor Brad Hanley, and he informed me that the tax is imposed on all users of a cell phone tower built in Elgin in approximately 1995. The tax appears to have been imposed in the last few months on users.

As I have approached neighbors, it appears that only cell phone users that have an Elgin area phone number are being charged the tax. I believe this to be an illegal tax imposed on cell phone users by the newly-elected mayor and city council of Elgin.

As of the tax action imposed on me by the city of Elgin, I have changed my phone number to a Florida area cell phone number. It will be very interesting to see if this affects my bill.

Also, it has come to my attention that the city of Elgin now imposes a fee on Elgin business -- a usage fee of $50 on the first $5,000 of income plus $0.04 on every gross dollar above the $5,000 income.

The city of Elgin also has a get together (the Catfish Stomp) that always has a parade. As of last year (new mayor, new council) they started charging each float in the parade $15.

My quote: “If anyone thinks the Mafia is dead, come to Elgin.”

I believe this situation in the city of Elgin needs to be investigated by government officials.

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