Fort Mill school administrators checking parent's license registrations, property taxes

Fort Mill School Administrators may be keeping an eye out for more than you think. Schools will now be looking for out of state license plates when parents drop off and pick up their kids.
Drivers in South Carolina pay property tax on their vehicles and a portion of that money goes to the schools. A Fort Mill district spokesperson says the district is one of the fastest growing districts in the state, adding about one-thousand students since last year so, every dollar counts.
Fort Mill school administrators noticed a high number of North Carolina state tags and spoke up.
“We do see a lot of out of state tags that are on our campuses picking up our students and this is not unprecedented. Horry County in South Carolina has started doing this, as well as, an initiative to combat cars not being properly registered in the county which does affect the tax money which also, affects the funding for schools,” said Joe Burke, Chief Communications Officer for the Fort Mill School District.
The school district can’t say how much money they stand to collect however, for a vehicle that’s valued around 30,000 dollars they would receive about 538 dollars.
“This particular type of money goes directly to the general fund which is used to pay teachers and staff so it is a very important part of our funding process,” said Burke.
As part of the online enrollment and registration process parents will be asked to provide their tag information. For parents with out of state tags there will be a space to explain. In the meantime, schools will be checking.
“Periodically we will have some staff that will check through car runner lines. It’s not going to be anybody out there like law enforcement or something like that but we will periodically check on our campuses,” said Burke.
Burke said, school administrators will not enforce the law but they will give the information they collect to the York County Auditor’s office who will find out if a vehicle is properly tagged.
The new initiative will begin immediately. Parents enrolling in the school district this year will have to disclose their tag information. Next year, all parents will have to disclose their tag information.
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