South Charlotte

York mulls Lancaster repay

Lancaster County tax dollars that were mistakenly paid to York County should be returned, York County Council Chairman Buddy Motz says.

More than 30 businesses in Indian Land paid taxes to York County instead of their own county government.

The reason for the confusion is that the state Department of Revenue lists the ZIP code for Indian Land as a York County ZIP code, an error that led 32 businesses to pay taxes to the wrong county.

Local officials don't yet know how many of Lancaster County's tax dollars went to its neighbor, but last week Motz said York County should give the money back. “In principle, it would be the right thing to do,” he said, “because it's collected from businesses that are not in York County.”

York County Finance Director Beth Latham said she is waiting for the state Department of Revenue to tell her how much money was received from Lancaster County businesses.

If Latham can get that information, Motz said he wants leaders to deal with the issue at Monday night's York County Council meeting. The council would have to approve the payment.

Lancaster County Administrator Steve Willis was glad to hear that York's trying to resolve the problem.

“We'll take Buddy and (York County Manager) Jim (Baker) and the rest of the council out to supper,” he said.