Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - June 13, 2011, Aiken, South Carolina
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‘Book of Mormon’ big winner at Tony Awards
► "The Book of Mormon" took an early lead at the Tony Awards, snagging honors Sunday for best book, best direction of a musical, best featured actress and two technical awards 112A
City Counci to look more at recftstricting proposal
► City Council is moving forward with the redistricting process by proposing a referendum to change the format of its district plan. 13A
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Deaths and Funerals 16A
‘You never get over it’
Staff photos by Haley Hughes
Roughly IOO people attended the Ellenton Reunion on Sunday. Attendees reminisced about the community, which was dismantled in the 1950s to make way for the Savannah River Site.
Former Ellenton residents gather to remember town
By HALEY HUGHES
Fielding Foreman watched men drill the ground for weeks from across the street ut the Chevrolet dealership where he worked.
The men doing the drilling worked tor the Army Corps of Kngi-neers, it was I-.I lemon and the year was 1950. No one knew at the time what the) were looking for, but they do now.
The Corps was looking for adequate underground w aier resources and firm soil on which to build, then, the drilling stopped, and an engineer whom Foreman had befriended came to see him.
“He said, 'We’re sallied with what we found. I hope you get along real well. I hope everything goes well lor you You’ll understand this later.’ Sure enough, the news came out that the government was making
Please see ELLENTON, page 10A
This handprinted sign was posted on the highway in Ellenton after residents were told by the federal government they had to move.
Ables named Deputy Coroner of Year
By AMY BANTON
Chief Deputy I Droner Darryl Ables with the Aiken C ounty Coroner’s Office received state recognition for the hard work and commitment he’s put forth in his job.
Ables was selected Deputy Coroner of the Year for the stale of South Carolina and was awarded at the Annual Coroner’s Training C onference in Pawleys Island on Wednesday.
Ables said he was surprised he was chosen for the award and said the fact that he was even considered among more than 200 other deputy coroners from around the stale was overwhelming.
“(I’m) just honored,” he said. “There are so many deputy coroners in this state who do an outstanding job for their respective agencies Titty were equally as well deserving as I was.”
Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton nominated Ables for the award, citing that since Ables joined the Coroner’s Office in 1999, the case load has doublet} and Ables has diligently taken on that challenge
“We’re just proud of Darryl,” Carlton said, adding that Ables is his right-hand man and someone he can trust to do a great job, “i’m proud of his accomplishments ami proud of hts hard work. I can always depend on him.”
Ables, who was bom and raised in Wagener, began his career almost 27 years ago as a dispatcher with the Aiken C ounty Sheriff's Office. He later became a road patrol officer and left the Sheriff’s Office in 1999 as a criminal investigator to join the Coroner’s Office,
C arlton said.
Ables said he wanted to advance his law enforcement career, and, when the opportunity at the Coroner’s Office became available to him, he took it.
Chief Deputy Coroner Darryl Ables received the South Carolina Deputy Coroner of the Year award at the Annual Coroner’s Training Conference in Pawleys Island.
Carlton said that in Ables’ 12 years with the Coroner’s Office, he has conducted or supervised the investigation of almost 4,000 deaths in Aiken County.
According to Ables, his main job is to document the cause ami manner of a death when it occurs, but there are other duties of the job which includes working closely with families who have lost a loved one. He said he always hopes that he offers each family some sense of closure ami peace; helping them deal with a loss is his main focus
Please see CORONER, page 10A
Assessing property: How it is executed
By HALEY HUGHES
Property tax reassessment is nearly complete, and notices will go in the mail June 30,
Roughly 103,000 parcels were involved in tins year’s reassessment, but only the owners of property that appreciated in value of $1,000 or mon* will receive notices. It is important to note that reassessment notices are not tax bills, only notification of die value upon which real property taxes will be based
Property tax revenue makes up approximately one-half of Aiken County's budget and pays for core sen ices like public safety, emergency medical sen ices and mad maintenance.
“Nobody likes property taxes, bin it’s an important source of rev enue,” said t ounty Administrator C lay Killian.
The process of reassessment can get complicated. Undoubtedly people will have questions, ami the Aiken Stiuukml has answers
(J: VV hat is reassessment?
A: The process of assessing each parcel as close to market value as possible to ensure owners of equal property pay equal taxes. It applies to all taxable property - homes, land and commercial properties. Reassessment is mandated by South Carolina suite law and must occur every five years. This year's reassessment values wit! he based on 2010 data.
(J: VV hat is current market value?
A: The price your property would sell for in the open real estate market.
Q: Who conducts reassessment for Aiken C ounty?
A: The stall'of the Aiken County Assessor’s Office. The office's eight appraisers, winch are licensed by the state Real I .state Appraisal Board, break up the county into quadrants and assess each piece of property in their respective quadrants, said Assessor Rick Jant/en. This year, 103,000 parcels were appraised. Jant/en estimated that each appraiser looked at 12,000 to 17,000 parcels.
(J: VV hat do the appraisers look at?
A: Rev tews of property plats and permits, records of recent sales and held inspections. During a field inspection, appraisers look at:
• Tor size of individual lots and the value of improvements *
• The si/c, age and quality of homes and other structures
• The depreciation of certain properties
• The market prices of similar property
Q: How does reassessment tie in to my property taxes?
A: Reassessment determines as accurately as possible a property’s market value When computed w ith other figures, market value is used to calculate property taxes. To figure out a property’s taxable value, the property’s market value from tax year 2010 is multiplied by 15 percent.
Q: W here is the 15 percent coming from? v
A: Several years ago, property tax laws were re-evaluated and the state voted to amend the way taxable value
Please see PROPERTY, page 10A