2017 South Carolina Code of Laws
Title 4 - Counties
CHAPTER 19 - FIRE PROTECTION SERVICES
Section 4-19-25. Creation of fire protection districts validated.
(A) All fire protection districts created pursuant to the provisions of Act 408 of 1984 or its predecessor as of the effective date of this section are declared to be validly created and constituted according to the terms of the resolution or ordinance pursuant to which created.
(B) The provisions of subsection (A) do not affect actions filed before the effective date of this section.
HISTORY: 1992 Act No. 519, Section 2, eff thirty days after September 3, 1992.
1992 Act No. 519 Section 1, effective thirty days after September 3, 1992, provides as follows:
"SECTION 1. As incident to the adoption of this amendment to Act 408 of the Acts and Joint Resolutions of the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina, the General Assembly finds that Act 408 of 1984, which was adopted in order to reverse the holding of the Supreme Court of South Carolina in the case of City of Myrtle Beach v. Richardson, 280 S.C. 167, 311 S.E.2d 922 (1984), is a useful and needed vehicle for the provision of fire protection services to residents and businesses in the unincorporated areas of the State. The utility of Act 408 of 1984 has been limited by the decision of the Supreme Court in the case of Carolina Power & Light Co. v. Darlington County, S.C., 405 S.E.2d 823 (1991), in which the court narrowly construed the purpose of a limitations period contained in Act 408. The court's ruling has left the creation of fire protection districts pursuant to Act 408 subject to challenge for an unlimited period of time. The General Assembly adopts this act to clarify the procedure to be followed by the governing bodies of counties in the establishment of fire protection districts, to provide that the limitations period contained in Act 408 applies to all challenges to the establishment of a taxing district for fire protection created under the act, and to provide for the validity of fire protection districts established on the effective date of this act pursuant to Act 408 of 1984."
1992 Act No. 519 Section 4, effective thirty days after September 3, 1992, provides as follows:
"SECTION 4. If any section, paragraph, clause, or provision of this act is held invalid or unenforceable under any circumstances, the holding does not affect the validity or enforceability of this act as a whole or of any other article, section, paragraph, clause, or provision of this act."