Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - August 28, 2011, Aiken, South Carolina
SUNDAY, AUGUST 28,2011 VOL. 145, NO. 240 • $1.00County schedules open house for reassessment
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BY HALEY HUGHES
Aiken County scheduled a reassessment open house on Tuesday to give people an opportunity to learn more about the process.
At least six Aiken County appraisers will be available at the Aiken Electric Cooperative from I to 5:30 p.m. to talk with people and answer general questions concerning reassessment, a process that has bewildered many taxpayers in the area.
“We’d like them to come in at their leisure,
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WHAT?: Aiken County to hold open house for reassessment questions WHEN?: Tuesday from 1 until 5:30 p.m. WHERE?: Aiken Electric Cooperative, 2790 Wagener Road
and we’ll try to accommodate as many folks as we can,” stud County Administrator Clay Killian.
The appraisers will not have access to specific property files at the Co-op, according to Assessor Rick Jantzen, hut will do their best to answer questions from the public on the process of reassessment, what documents can assist in an appeal and may be able to offer minor assistance in filling out the appeal form.
Several hundred people packed into County C ouncil chambers earlier this month to observe a discussion on reassessment between Jantzen and the Administrative Committee. Officials did not anticipate that many people to attend, and committee chair Scott Singer pledged to sched-
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ule another venue in w hich questions could he answered.
County representatives arc also looking at holding another open house in North Augusta on Sept. 8. The tune has not yet been set.
Properly tax reassessment is a state-mandated process that must take place every five years in an attempt to bring the value of each piece of property in Aiken County as close to market value as possible. At least 14 counties in the state are currently under reassessment.
The Aiken Electric Co-op is looted at 2790 Wagener Road.
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IN THE GAME: Fourteen-year-old Taylor McMillan stands on the sidelines and watches her UIS teammates from the Atlanta Fire United Club play their second game of the day on Saturday at the Aiken Soccer Cup
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BY ASHLEEY WILLIAMSON
Nearly 10,000 people have defended on Aiken this weekend to get a kick out of the 16th Aiken Soccer C up.
Ora; hundred-fifty teams from South Carolina, North Carolina and Georgia came together on Saturday as early as 8 a.m. to compete in the tournament, which officials said is one of the largest ev ents in Aiken rn terms of out-of-state and out-of-region visitors,
“We believe this is the second largest revenue producer tor the city, behind the Masters Tournament,” said Dean Van Pelt, vice president of the GA-SC Bulls Soccer C lub, which hosts tile event each year. “We’ve got every hotel booked betw een Lexington and out on ihe other side of Wheeler Road (in Augusta); every hotel is full,”
Long lines of traffic filled opposite lanes on Powderhouse Road throughout the day as teams, family members and spectators made their way to Powderhouse Field to catch the action of the U9 to U19 boys’ and girls* soccer tournament.
On the ield, children and teenagers sported red, blue, yellow, green, silver and while jerseys on more than 20 fields where games took place back to back About noon on field No. 8, the Atlantic Fire United I tub UIS Silver girls’ team played their second game of the day; while this particular match didn’t showcase their best per
formance, the girls did pull a significant win in their first game, winning 12-0.
Head coach Greg I louver said this is the second year he has brought his team to the Aiken isoccer C up.
“We’re bringing more clubs now because it’s well nm,” he said. “The fields are in very gtxHi shape, and we’ve enjoyed it.”
“They’re a little tired now,” Hoover observed as his guts kicked the ball across the field during the first half of the game. “But, at this point, having this tournament before the season kicks off for us in Atlanta, it’s a pretty good tournament - it’s a good way for them to get their feet wet.”
Die girls from Atlanta weren’t the univ ones getting their feet wet during the tournament.
Big Fvent Slides, the company who brings the one of the largest inflatable water slide to local events, was on site to ofter tun and entertainment for those who found themselves at the tournament but didn’t necessarily care to watch the games.
“We try to do a couple of different things that most tournaments don’t do, like the event slide ...” said tournament director Jason Spinks. “That is open to anyone; it doesn’t have to be a soccer player, lf tiiere is a kid that wants something to do on Sunday, they don’t have to just watch soccer; they can come get on the slide. We want the kids to have a good time.”
SPLASHING INTO AGE 3: less Foley, who turned 3 years old on Friday, showed she had no tear when she flew down the giant inflatable slide head first.
Bul it wasn’t just the event slide that tournament organizers proc ide for the children. The whole reason behind creating the tournament 16 years ago was for the children, said Spink?* “It’s all for the kids; we do this all for the kids to give them the* opportunity to play on fields like this,” he said. "We boast im the finest fields in the Southeast, and we have them right here It’s tor that 4-year-old who says, ‘I want lo play at the Aiken C up,' and tor that graduating senior who said, i wish I could play at the Aiken C up.”*
It semis everybody has something to smile about during the annual event in Aiken - from children and families who just want to play ami watch soccer to all of live businesses in the City of Aiken and surrounding areas.
“It’s a huge benefit to both die city and to the county as far as generating heads on heck* and people eating rn the restaurants,” said Van Pelt. “It’s a great tool for Aiken to have.”
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