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Letter writer supports Hartis

Posted: March 20, 2014 8:06 a.m.
Updated: March 21, 2014 5:00 a.m.


Kershaw County, as in all counties, must collect tax revenue in some manner in order to provide, improve and maintain the things that make living here the pleasure we all desire. Basically, there are only two ways to increase tax revenue. You either get more from those of us who are already paying, or you increase the number of people paying. The desirable strategy is obvious. The only question is how do you do that, and the only realistic answer is to create more jobs for current and future residents of the county. It goes without saying that new job holders need homes, automobiles, places to shop, restaurants, etc., all of which create revenue.

It is becoming paramount that we start spending a larger degree of our effort in the future on growth, not just to provide jobs for new residents, but to prevent our children from having to move away to find employment. We are losing many of our young people who grew up here and would like to stay, but cannot find jobs that provide adequate compensation to support them. They are forced to relocate while their parents remain, thus rapidly making us a “Mom and Pop” community.

Our county is rich in history, and the equine activities are unique, but while they define us, neither provides the means for major economic growth or create the sizable number of jobs we need. Industry and the accompanying commerce is the only way to achieve it.

Kershaw County Council has its hands full trying to fill the needs and wants of the county and by and large does a good job given the revenues available to it. But I don’t see the major drive to entice industry to our area, and that is what it will take to achieve growth.

Before much longer, we will be electing a county council chairman. I don’t know who all or how many will be vying for that seat. The only one I know for sure is former Summary Court Judge Gene Hartis. I have discussed my concerns with him and know him to be of a like mind. I feel he is well qualified for the following reasons:

•holds a masters degree in public affairs from North Carolina State University;

• has 10 years experience as a probate officer;

• has more than 28 years experience as a summary court judge; and

• needless to say, he knows his way around the courthouse and council chambers.

I would encourage you to give serious consideration to casting your vote for Gene Hartis because I think he can and will lead the county in the proper direction to grow into fulfilling our full potential.



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