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 Benji Rogers        

 Benjy Rogers -Auditor  
     

               479 - 5608        

Bengy Rogers has served as the Auditor for Marlboro County since July 2007.  He is married to Linda, has three sons and eight grandchildren.  Benjy and Linda are members of the First Presbyterian Church where he has served as an elder and is on the board of deacons.

His previous experience includes:  Marlboro County Council 1973 to 1981, Bennettsville City Council 1985 to 1995, and Mayor of Bennettsville 1999 until 2007.  Benjy has also served on the Pee Dee Regional Transportation Authority 1989 to 2004, including four years as Chairman. He served on the Municipal Association Board for three years and was appointed Chairman of the local government subdivision of the North Eastern Strategic Alliance.

Benjy said his interest in politics and public service came from his father, and his grandfather before him.  "My family was always involved in the political life.  It was instilled in me, and I've tried to do that for my sons and my grandchildren.  I see very few young people involed or interested in politics, and I think that's very important."

Duties and Responsibilities of Office

•Accepting applications for special property tax assessment on rehabilitated historic property and rehabilitated  low and moderate income rental property.
•Levy tax to pay principle and interst on county bonds; levy tax to pay fire protection bonds.
Levy millage increases for special purpose districts.
•Takes applications for homestead and determines eligibility for that benefit; Shall impose penalties on taxpayers for failing to notify the auditor of changes in homestead exemption eligibility.
•Determines Assessed value of motor vehicles.
•Keeps a record of all sales or conveyances of real property in the county.
•Keeps copies of all Fee in Lieu of Tax Lease Agreements; prepares the bill for installment in Fee in Lieu of Tax Agreement schedule.
•Takes action to conform tax districts to an annexation plan.
•Plats with boundaries of special purpose districts must be filed with the auditor.
•Certifies total initial equalized assessed value for a TIF District.
•Voids tax notice after SCDOR certifies property is exempt.
•Receives certified values of real property from the County Assessor.
•Prorates taxes when a church purchases property mid-year.
•Notifies the Assessor of agricutural property that qualifies for the homestead Exemption.
•Prorates tax bill for purchaser and seller of personal property titled by a state or federal agency if the transferor files with the county auditor prior to the first penalty date.
•Authorized to request information from persons in county having non-registered vehicles.
•Auditor must endorse deeds.
•Auditor along with the Tax Assessor and Treasurer shall determine a taxpayer's claim for refund on personal property.
•Auditor along with the Tax Assessor and Treasurer may waive, dismiss or reduce a penalty levied against real or personal property in the case of an error by the county.
•Auditor adds penalties as follows:  taxes paid by January 16th or 30 days after mailing - 3%, not paid by February 2nd - additional 7%, not paid by March 17th - an additional 5%.
•Maintains abatement book showing each abatement of taxes granted and allowed.
 Homestead Exemptions - Information needed to qualify - must bring to Auditor's Office when applying.

•Must be a resident of South Carolina for at least one year on or before December 31, preceding the tax year in which you wish to claim the exemption.
•Must be at least 65 years of age to apply (can not turn 65 and receive Homestead Exemption in the same year); or you must be totally and permanently disabled (certified by a Federal Agency) or legally blind (must be certified by a qualified optometrist).
•Must furnish proof of age or disability:(a) Birth certificate, if applying for age qualification or (b) letter from Social Security or some other Federal Agency.
•Must have a copy or deed to home and land.
•Must have social security card.
•Must have a copy of marriage license, if jointly owned by husband and wife.
•Bring copy of Medicare Card, if you have one.
•Must provide a picture ID, such as S.C. Driver's License.
•Need to furnish a telephone number, if you have one; and
•Must have a "deed or distribution", if owned by more than husband and wife.
Changes which affect your eligibility for Homestead Exemption

If you make any changes to the title of your property or the use of it - you "MUST" re-apply.  Any changes should be reported to the County Auditor immediately - failure to do so could result in paying the original taxes before Homestead Exemption.  The following changes must be reported to the County Auditor:

•Placing the property in trust;
•Change in disability status;
•Rental of dwelling;
•Disposal of property;
•Remarriage of surviving spouse;
•Change in dwelling place (* - requires re-application)
•Death of eligible owner (requires re-application by spouse_

*  Dwelling Place shall mean the permanent home and legal residence of applicant.

If you have further questions on the Homestead Tax Exemption Program or if you think that you may make changes that would affect your eligibility, please contact your County Auditor's Office at (843) 479-5608.

Your County Auditor will help you find out if your ownership qualifies.