Court again turns down James Island incorporation

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina’s highest court has again invalidated the Town of James Island’s attempt to incorporate into its own municipality.

The ruling handed down Monday by the state Supreme Court is the third time the justices have thrown out James Island’s attempts to incorporate. The town has incorporated three times in the past 20 years, but the first two votes were tossed out as illegal following court challenges from the neighboring city of Charleston.

In this case, Charleston challenged a 2006 incorporation, saying state law allowing the town to use county, state and federal land to connect otherwise unconnected properties is unconstitutional.

The justices ruled the law isn’t necessarily unconstitutional but that it still wasn’t proper for an area trying to incorporate to amass properties by connecting them with publicly owned land.

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