Beaufort County Update

Posted on Feb 07, 2018
Guest speakers, Ben Shelton, Town Prosecutor, lawyer, President of the Van Landingham Rotary Club and and Tabor Vaux, County Council for Beaufort County and member of the Bluffton Rotary Club, spoke to our club on Feb. 7 about events and issues going on in Beaufort County today. Councilman Vaux covered top issues that County Council is working on including:
1. Increasing penalties for littering and the ban of one-time use plastic bags; 2. Revisiting the future land-use map for planning and control of growth in our county; 3. Looking at elimination of business taxes and making Beaufort County more business friendly; 4. Expansion of sewer services in the county; and 5. A potential sales tax referendum, for replacing the bridge to Hilton
Head. Shelton spoke on the lawsuit filed on Feb. 6 on behalf of Beaufort County against drug companies, some unnamed clinics and doctors within our county for the local opioid crisis. Deaths attributed to opioids have risen steadily in our area and our country, and have cost billions of dollars to the government...and taxpayers. The State of SC filed a lawsuit against Oxycotin maker Purdue Pharma in 2017, who is also named in Beaufort County's suit. For more information click HERE.