The Bell Tower on Swan Lake is one of the more recognized landmarks on the campus of Furman University. (File/FOX Carolina)
TRAVELERS REST, SC (FOX Carolina) -
Furman University has petitioned the Travelers Rest City Council to be incorporated into the northern Greenville County town.
Vince Moore, spokesman for the school, said that the school recently switched to fire services provided by Travelers Rest after negotiations failed in December between the school and its previous fire services provider of nearly 40 years - Duncan Chapel.
Moore said part of the agreement with Travelers Rest was that the school, which is currently part of unincorporated Greenville County, would petition to become part of the city.
The petitions must pass two readings of the council before it is approved, Moore said. He said the first reading would happen sometime in March or April, and the second reading would happen shortly after the first.
Moore said that if the incorporation is approved, the school would continue to provide its own police, water and power services.
Travelers Rest will not see an increase in tax revenues, because Furman, which is a non-profit university, is exempt from them, Moore said. However, he said, the town will see an increase in fees like business licenses and vehicle registration fees.
Travelers Rest City Administrator Diana Turner could not immediately be reached for comment Friday night.
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