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Htax lawsuit moved to November

Posted: October 2, 2012 6:05 p.m.
Updated: October 3, 2012 5:00 a.m.

A lawsuit challenging the city’s use of hospitality taxes for the construction of a proposed sports complex in Camden has been moved from Thursday to Nov. 1.

Herbert Farber, who, along with the Camden Committee for Responsible Government (CCRG) filed the lawsuit, alerted the Chronicle-Independent to the new court date. Camden City Manager Kevin Bronson confirmed the change.

“As I understand it, the date was changed as a result of one of the plaintiff’s attorneys having an emergency family situation, followed by other scheduling conflicts between both parties,” Bronson.

Farber, on the other hand, claimed that the court forgot to put the case on the Oct. 4 trial schedule at all.

“So, a new date had to be selected,” Farber said.

The new date will have the case heard just days before Camden voters go to the polls to determine whether the city should move forward with the project at all. The city has placed a question on the ballot asking “Should the city of Camden continue with plans to construct a recreation facility and partner with a third party to administer the facility?” There is no mention of hospitality taxes.

Also on the ballot are three Camden City Council seats, including that of mayor.

“It is unclear if the judge will rule the day of the trail or on a later date,” Bronson said. “Further, I cannot predict the impact of the ruling or the timing of the ruling on the election.”

Farber said the Nov. 1 trial is scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m. in the Richland County Courthouse in Columbia, with Circuit Court Judge Alison Renee Lee presiding.

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