The Municipal Association of South Carolina offers city officials and staff access to publications covering a wide variety of local government topics. This includes the Handbook for Municipal Officials in South Carolina
, which serves as the primary reference for the Municipal Elected Officials Institute of Government.
When councilmembers are first elected to office, they enter into a world of unfamiliar state laws that govern how city and town councils, departments, boards and commissions operate. Newly elected officials will also often find themselves unfamiliar with how local governments are financed and how human resources for municipal staff are managed. The handbook for municipal officials explains many of these concerns. Other key topics covered in the handbook include municipal elections, ordinances, tax revenue, municipal debt, the SC Freedom of Information Act, public utility operations, municipal courts, risk management, as well as planning and annexation.