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Heed voters' message on spending

Posted: December 2, 2010 4:52 p.m.
Updated: December 3, 2010 5:00 a.m.

Voters soundly defeated the 1 percent sales tax increase. Imagine my surprise to read in The State Nov. 28 the backers still want to increase our tax expenses when so many people are having a hard time making ends meet just for normal living expenses. Our unemployment is still very high and is not coming down anytime soon. 

If some want a recreational center, a community swimming pool and “other various recreation projects,” charge a user fee to use the facilities to pay for it. Not only do we have the cost of building these projects but maintenance continues forever. This county is spread out and these types of projects will only serve a small portion of the county. Is someone driving from Bethune to West Wateree to visit a recreational center? I think not! These are pet projects we do not need! 

I was self employed for over 35 years and learned to “cut back” when necessary in order to survive. County and state officials need to learn that lesson as well. They do not think there is consequence to their actions, but the last election should dispel that notion. Did they not get the message the voters sent? Cut spending!

Voters soundly defeated the 1 percent sales tax increase. Imagine my surprise to read in The State Nov. 28 the backers still want to increase our tax expenses when so many people are having a hard time making ends meet just for normal living expenses. Our unemployment is still very high and is not coming down anytime soon.

If some want a recreational center, a community swimming pool and “other various recreation projects,” charge a user fee to use the facilities to pay for it. Not only do we have the cost of building these projects but maintenance continues forever. This county is spread out and these types of projects will only serve a small portion of the county. Is someone driving from Bethune to West Wateree to visit a recreational center? I think not! These are pet projects we do not need! 

Voters soundly defeated the 1 percent sales tax increase. Imagine my surprise to read in The State Nov. 28 the backers still want to increase our tax expenses when so many people are having a hard time making ends meet just for normal living expenses. Our unemployment is still very high and is not coming down anytime soon. 

If some want a recreational center, a community swimming pool and “other various recreation projects,” charge a user fee to use the facilities to pay for it. Not only do we have the cost of building these projects but maintenance continues forever. This county is spread out and these types of projects will only serve a small portion of the county. Is someone driving from Bethune to West Wateree to visit a recreational center? I think not! These are pet projects we do not need!

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