A town councilman in Lexington, South Carolina has resigned his seat over a residency issue – years after it was first raised.
Ted Stambolitis – who was first elected in 2004 – “no longer meets the eligibility requirements of a qualified elector,” according to a press release from the town. His resignation – effective February 28 – was accepted by town mayor Steve MacDougall.
“We don’t believe residency issues should matter (at any level of government) … but if Stambolitis is indeed serving in violation of town ordinances, it would seem his opponents have a solid case against him,” we noted at the time.
That’s eleven miles outside of the city of Lexington …[timed-content-server show=”2018-Feb-15 00:00:00″ hide=”2018-Mar-01 00:00:00″]
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In the past, Stambolitis repeatedly denied that he had a residency problem – pointing to a home he owned at 108 Raymond Circle that lies within Lexington’s town limits.
However his critics argued that since 2016 he was paying a four percent property tax rate on the lake house – a rate which is only authorized for a permanent residence. Residences designated as vacation, rental or weekend properties (i.e. secondary residences or investment properties) require owners to pay a six percent tax rate.
Stambolitis’ resignation creates a vacancy in this seat, which must be filled by a special election.
As soon as we have the dates for that contest, we’ll be sure to update our readers.
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