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Citizens paying for services they don’t receive

Posted: January 19, 2012 11:46 a.m.
Updated: January 20, 2012 5:00 a.m.

I have lived in Kershaw County all of my life. I pay taxes just like all the citizens in this county. Taxes are necessary in order to meet the county’s obligations, like school bonds and other things that the county is responsible for. The problem I have is with the things we pay for that are not our responsibility.

I live in Lugoff, the West Wateree area, and each time I get a tax notice, I find I am charged a sewer tax. Why? I, like all of the thousands of other citizens in this area, don’t have a sewer system in our area and never will. However, we are still charged a sewer tax. This is illegal, in case no one has thought about it. Most people get their tax notice, look to see how much tax they owe, write a check and send it in. Read your notice and see what you are paying for. When you go to a fast-food place, you pay at one window for six sandwiches and when you get to the other window, you expect to get six sandwiches. If you don’t get anything, you have been robbed. It is the same difference with the sewer tax. You get nothing for your money. Webster Dictionary describes robbery as taking something by force that doesn’t belong to you.

 “Special Purposes Tax.” What is that? Can’t they tell us what we are paying for? Is it fancy dinners, tires for their car, house payment? Who knows? We don’t. All we do is pay taxes. This is not a way to do business. At least let the people know where their money is going or why they are getting ripped off. When I asked the clerk at the tax office to deduct the sewer tax from my bill, she said she could not do that and that everybody pays sewer taxes. That is fine for people who have these services, but why are thousands of residents paying for services they don’t have and never will have? We are paying for nothing.

I am writing this letter with hope that the innocent victims of this rip-off will think seriously about what is happening to their tax money and maybe if we stand together on this issue, we can find the right person to give us help to get rid of this illegal fund they are shoving down our throats.


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