- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 14, 2015

BEAUFORT, S.C. (AP) - Some Beaufort County residents are getting a break on automobile taxes.

The county auditor’s office tells local media that the county will no longer tax vehicles at their highest listed value when no specific value can be found. Instead, the county will rely on the lowest value in the Automobile Red Book, which provides values of vehicles.

The decision follows complaints from residents who did not know they had been paying higher taxes for years.

Auditor Jim Beckert says the county will use Department of Revenue guidelines and the lowest Red Book value if no specific value can be determined.

Beaufort County was one of a handful of counties in South Carolina assessing vehicles without an exact value at the maximum Red Book value.

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