Boards, Commissions and Non-Profits
Ways to Serve in Forest Acres
Forest Acres may be a small city, but it is a community that cares in a big way. From serving on government boards or commissions to decide our city planning and zoning, to volunteering on one of our many foundations or supported community non-profits, there are a variety of ways to contribute to Forest Acres and to continue to shape our future.
With new neighbors and businesses looking to move in to one of the most desired areas in the region, Forest Acres remains committed to "smart growth". By serving on the planning commission, you will hear proposals on new developments and consider zoning ordinance modifications. The Planning Commission then makes recommendations to city council. Learn more about the Planning Commission here.
Zoning Board of Appeals:
Citizens and developers have a right to exercise an appeal on initial zoning decisions made by the city. Some examples include decisions on property additions and renovations, tree removals, and signage. Learn more about serving on the Zoning Board of Appeals here.
Public Safety Foundation:
The Public Safety Foundation is a 501c3 charitable organization that is run completely separate of City Hall and the Forest Acres Police Department. It is comprised of local volunteers who want to dedicate their time raising funds to buy items benefitting our officers in the line of duty. This can range from equipment to buy tasers or bullet proof vests or any other need that arises. Anyone may donate to the Public Safety Foundation. Click here for more on the non-profit.
Forest Acres may be limited by land, a city that spans only five-square miles in total, but its residents want to work to beautify and improve every street corner. The Beautification Foundation is a registered 501c3 and is working to host fundraising events to raise money to use on improvement projects throughout the Acres. Learn more about the Beautification Foundation here.
South Carolina state law outlines how a city can collect and budget the revenue generated by local hospitality taxes. Forest Acres collects two percent on prepared foods and beverages sold inside the city limits.
Because of these laws, the revenue is kept separate from the city's general fund and is budgeted for programs and improvements designed to drive tourism back into Forest Acres.
Applications are submitted to the city's HTAX Committee, comprised of citizen volunteers, who make a recommendation to city council if the application should be approved or denied. Council has the final say and votes on the funding at city council meetings that are always open to the public.
Forest Acres is home to other non-profits that seek to improve lives of those that live and work in our city. Learn more about each one by clicking on their links below.