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York County Council approves tax agreement with Carowinds

Gregory RV and Marine of Rock Hill collected about three truck loads of toys this year that were distributed to needy families through Lakewood Baptist Church.
Gregory RV and Marine of Rock Hill collected about three truck loads of toys this year that were distributed to needy families through Lakewood Baptist Church. contributed photo

The York County Council this week approved an agreement with Carowinds, reducing the taxes on the theme park’s new water attractions.

The fee in lieu of taxes and incentive agreement calls for Carowinds to make a $25 million investment. Carowinds is currently constructing a new 25-acre complex called Carolina Harbor Waterpark.

Carowinds demolished the Thunder Road roller coaster to allow it to expand its water park. The new water park is in both North Carolina and South Carolina.

The agreement with the county sets the tax assessment rate at 6 percent for the 30-year life of the agreement. It also fixes the tax rate as of June 30, 2015.

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▪ Sheri Williamson, a professional engineer with nearly 25 years of experience supporting major highway and bridge projects throughout the Southeast, has been named to lead STV’s business operations in Georgia and South Carolina.

STV has offices in Rock Hill.

Since joining STV in 2010, Williamson has led a number of major roadway design projects, including the Fort Mill Southern Bypass in eastern York County. The initiative was recently recognized as a Project of the Year by The American Society of Civil Engineers South Carolina Section Board. Among other projects, Williamson is currently overseeing the design of the widening of a 17-mile section of state route 85 in Georgia’s Fayette and Coweta counties.

She has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology and serves on the American Council of Engineering Companies of South Carolina’s board of directors.

▪ Gregory RV and Marine of Rock Hill collected about three truck loads of toys this year that were distributed to needy families through Lakewood Baptist Church.

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