Jerry Miller

Office: City Council
Status: Challenger
Party Affiliation: Republican

29 year legal career in the Legal Division of First Union Corporation, and its successor by merger Wachovia Corporation, followed by several years in the Charlotte home office of Parker, Poe, Adams and Bernstein, a large multi-office Carolinas based law firm.

After several years of living in Georgetown, SC and enjoying my retirement, I started to get actively involved in the community and put some of my time, skills and expertise to good use where I could, including:

• Architectural Review Board. I was appointed to the ARB in 2012, and have served as chairman since 2014. During that time I believe we changed the perception and focus of the ARB, so that it is no longer as negatively perceived as it was in the half dozen years before my appointment. It is worth noting that the similar negative perception of the Georgetown County historic preservation board led to it being abolished by the county council.

• SCDAH Grant. I sought out, and wrote the application on behalf of the City for, a large matching grant from the SC Dept. of Archives and History (SCDAH) to consolidate, revise and replace the two Historic District Design Guidelines manuals (one for the residential area and the other for the waterfront commercial area). Early last fall the City was awarded that grant, which amounted to 20% - 25% of the annual SCDAH grant funding awarded statewide that year. 

Since that time, I have spent a great deal of time leading a volunteer group working with the professionals chosen by the City to prepare the new Historic District Design Standards, which will be completed in the next several months.

• Bailey Bill. I was the primary drafter of the City’s Bailey Bill Ordinance, which provides a real estate tax incentive to encourage the rehabilitation of low and moderate income rental properties and qualifying historic properties. It does so by providing a special tax assessment that freezes the tax value of such properties for up to 20 years at their pre-rehabilitation level upon expenditure of 20% of the property’s value.

• West End Redevelopment Sub-Committee. Earlier this year I became a member of the West End Redevelopment Sub-Committee after being asked to join as a result of comments I made at one of its public meeting.