Circuit Judge Perry Gravely has issued an Order denying the elected officials who sued Greenville County Council regarding the “Road Maintenance” and “Communications” fees a temporary injunction from imposing the fees.
When you are on the losing end of legislative action, you can’t run to the courts.
When contacted, County Councilman Lynn Ballard said:
Judge Gravely has sustained what I believed all along – that legislative decisions cannot be resolved in court.
Early this year Greenville County Council voted on two fee increases: communications for first responders and a road maintenance fee. County Council originally grouped the fees into one ordinance. After the first lawsuit was filed, council separated the fees in an attempt to remedy the problem.
County ordinance states that council must have a majority of 9 of 12 votes to pass but the state’s ordinance calls for 7. In March 2017 council voted 7-4 to approve the fees.
In an article from March 2017 with The Greenville News, Councilman Willis Meadows stated:
It is sad that we have reached this point today. We are here because there was not a willingness to work together to iron out our differences… This involves more than communications or roads. The question before us is do we follow our rules and ordinances or not?