Knowledge Park deal faces public scrutiny Monday

Members of the public are invited to share their thoughts on the recently announced agreement that would extend Knowledge Park’s special tax district for another 10 years.

York County Council will hold a public hearing Monday night on the deal between the county and the city of Rock Hill that will set the terms for the city to continue spending county property tax revenue on the Knowledge Park redevelopment until 2039.

The county and the city have been in negotiations on extending Knowledge Park’s special tax district since the York County Council voted to reject an earlier proposal. Rock Hill City Council on Tuesday unveiled details of the new proposal for the first time during a public discussion.

City officials say they’ve agreed to certain county conditions on how funding for the tax district can be spent and meeting regular reporting requirements to update the county on Knowledge Park’s development. But the details haven’t entirely been ironed out; city staff said Tuesday that for financial reasons, they’ve asked York County to choose between several options to boost county revenue rather than agree to all of them.

City Manager David Vehaun said the city’s goal in discussing the issue last week was to air the details of the agreement ahead of Monday’s public hearing at the County Council meeting.

This will be the second hearing the council has held on the issue. The County Council has already voted to approve the agreement in two early procedural votes and held another public hearing on the issue May 4, attracting some comments from county residents who said they couldn’t say anything about an agreement that hadn’t been made public yet.

The agreement requires a final vote from both city and county councils to go into effect.

Bristow Marchant •  803-329-4062

Want to go?

What: Public hearing on the Knowledge Park agreement

Where: York County Council chambers, 6 S. Congress St., York

When: County Council meeting, 6 p.m. Monday, June 1