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Penny sales tax

Posted: October 26, 2010 3:07 p.m.
Updated: October 27, 2010 5:00 a.m.

There’s never a good time to raise taxes, and that might seem truer today than ever before. The economy is still struggling to recover and unemployment remains high. In the midst of such conditions, Kershaw County voters are facing a penny sales tax question which will be on the ballot next week. We hope it will be approved, though we say that with some reluctance because of economic conditions and the havoc they have wrought on families.

Of course, the state of the economy never could have been predicted when the proposal was first conceived; there’s no doubt that  members of the Capital Projects Sales Tax Commission, the group that prioritized projects and worked out details of the proposal, never thought they’d be facing an economy that is still in the doldrums. The committee did a thorough job vetting projects and coming up with a prioritized list. As expected, there was no way to keep a bit of politics out of the process, ensuring something for every area of the county.

But the list is a reasonable one, and voters across the country are facing the same types of difficult decisions. There are many needs, and several of the projects -- we won’t go into them individually, because they’re been well documented in news stories -- are critical. The rules regarding how the tax will be implemented and disbursed (if approved) are clear, and commission chairman Rickie Tiller has answered questions at public forums.

A perfect time for another penny? No, but the benefits are important enough that we urge voters to approve the measure.

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