A fifth set of property owners will decide in June whether to tax themselves to pay for private dams damaged by the historic flood of 2015.
About 100 voters in a small part of the Hopkins community will vote on whether to create a special taxing district to fix and maintain Lake Dogwood, according to Richland County's elections director.
The referendum is set for June 13, and voting will occur in the county’s Garners precinct, said elections director Samuel Selph. There are 99 eligible voters living around the lake who would voting to tax themselves to rebuild the dam, said Lawrence Flynn, the attorney for the property owners.
Lake Dogwood, formerly known as Murray’s Pond, is a privately maintained residential lake that drained away after its dam broke during two days of historic rains. Some neighbors who live along the lake have said a powerful surge of water from upstream likely caused the earthen structure to crumble. The dam is downstream from ponds on Fort Jackson.
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Staff writer Sammy Fretwell contributed.