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Sending our tax dollars outside of Kershaw County

Posted: April 9, 2013 8:12 a.m.
Updated: April 10, 2013 5:00 a.m.

A local businessman asked me the other day how things went for us at the Cup. I told him that we were told by the Camden Police Department that our services would not be needed so we concentrated on DUI enforcement after the race and the results were good. We only made two DUI arrests, but a lot of open container violations were cited and we wrote a lot of warning tickets.

Several of our officers stopped vehicles that were occupied by some very drunk college students, but they were being driven by designated drivers. The drivers told us that the fraternities had made the pledges be the designated drivers. I thought that was a great idea and very responsible on their part. I think the word is getting out that we aren’t playing around with drunk driving in Kershaw County.

This businessman then asked me why Camden tax dollars were paid to law enforcement agencies from all over the state, but not to any Kershaw County law enforcement officers. He commented that all of that tax money left the county to be spent elsewhere when it could have been paid to Kershaw County deputies who would have spent the majority of it in Kershaw County. Didn’t the Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office handle security at College Park for about $11,000 last year and now Camden was paying outside agencies $25,000 to do the same this year?

I told him that I didn’t know what the final bill to the city of Camden was, but the city of Camden apparently set aside $25,000 for Cup security. Although I have my own theory as to why this happened, I couldn’t answer his question about why or who made the decision to pay outside agencies this money. I suggested he contact Camden City Council and ask them. I think the citizens of Kershaw County would like to know the answer to that question, as well.


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