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Under the leadership of James “JJ” Messervy, the Auditor’s Office oversees homestead exemptions, appeals on personal property, the assessment of motor vehicles, watercraft (boats, motors, jet ski’s) aircraft and business personal property (assessment values provided by the SC Dept. of Revenue), administers all refunds for real and personal property and staffs the Forfeited Land Commission (FLC).


The Auditor’s Office also assists the County’s governing body with determining the appropriate tax rate needed to meet annual budget requirements for Dorchester County, School Districts, five municipalities (Summerville, North Charleston, Harleyville, Ridgeville and St. George) and other taxing entities.



Hours of Operations: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM    Monday – Friday, excluding holidays

  Summerville Office

   St. George Office

  500 N. Main Street

   201 Johnston St.

  Summerville, SC 29483

   St. George, SC 29477

  Phone: 843-832-0118

   Phone: 843-563-0118

  Fax: 843-832-0057

   Fax: 843-563-0169



The Auditor's Office Does Not:

Accept tax payments (unless for the FLC) (see Treasurer)

Assess the value of real estate or approve the 4% assessment ratio for owner-occupied residential real estate property (see Assessor)

Set tax rates or determine how taxes are used (see County Council)

Administer the waste disposal user fee (see Public Works)

Collect delinquent tax payments (see Delinquent Tax)



Important Forms and Documents

Appeal Motor Vehicle Property Tax for High Mileage

Report Out of State Tags 

Watercraft/Camper 6% Assessment Form

Download the County Business Personal Property Return Form

PT 100 Form State Business Personal Property Return Form

Note: Businesses that provide a service will file the County Business Personal Property Form to Dorchester County; all other businesses will file the PT 100 Form to the S.C. Dept. Of Revenue.


Historic Millage Chart 

2016 Millage Chart



History and Overview

The Constitution of 1868 gave members of the S.C. General Assembly the authority to create the first office of County Auditor. Pursuant to the state law, each county in South Carolina (there are 46 counties) has an auditor’s office. Dorchester County Auditors are elected for a four-year term in the General Election.

State law has created a system of checks and balances in the tax offices of County Government to protect both the taxpayer and the county. The County Assessor assigns a value to real property, the County Auditor calculates and creates the tax notices and the County Treasurer collects the revenue for the notices. These checks and balances guard against tax offices becoming too powerful and abusing their authority.




James "JJ" Messervy, Jr. - Auditor 843-832-0118 ext 1124
Brenda Nix - Chief Deputy Auditor 843-563-0109
St George Office                                                                                      
Becky Welch- Deputy Auditor/Vehicles 843-563-0118 ext 5207
Marcia Jackson- Deputy Auditor/Personal Property                843-563-0127
Kimmi Judy  - Abatement Coordinator 843-563-0272
Sidney Murray - Admin III 843-563-0118 ext 5211
Angela Kizer - FLC and OOST Coordinator 843-563-0118 ext 5501
Grimball Frampton - Admin II 843-563-0118 ext 5080
Lynn Crook- Admin II 843-563-0118 ext 5234
Summerville Office  
Laretha Young- Summerville Office Supervisor 843-832-0118 ext 5081
Dexcter Mack - Admin III 843-832-0118 ext 5020
April Geddis- Admin II 843-832-0118 ext 5610


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Last updated: 7/11/2017 4:07:43 PM