Mission of the Auditor & Staff
The mission of the Auditor and staff of the Barnwell County Auditor's Office is to provide the citizens of Barnwell County with accuracy and courtesy in the performance of their responsibilities. These responsibilities include the taxation of personal property such as motor homes, campers, trailers, motorcycles, watercraft, and watercraft motors, merchant's furniture, fixtures, and equipment, aircraft, and manufacturer's real and personal property.
The Auditor's office also accepts and certifies homestead exemption applications. If you meet the following qualifications, you may qualify for an exemption from taxation of the first $50,000 appraised value of your legal residence:
- Hold complete fee simple title or life estate to a primary residence.
- As of December 31 preceding the tax year of the exemption, you were a legal resident of South Carolina for one year.
- As of December 31 preceding the tax year of the exemption, you were 65 years of age, or were declared totally and permanently disabled by a state or federal agency having the authority to make such a declaration, or were legally blind as certified by a licensed ophthalmologist registered with the South Carolina Commission for the Blind.