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Your vote, your choice

Posted: October 26, 2014 2:16 p.m.
Updated: October 27, 2014 1:00 a.m.

Today, the Chronicle-Independent begins a series of articles summarizing the candidates and issues that will be on the Nov. 4 ballot, one week from Tuesday. Perhaps the most contentious race isn’t between candidates but between “yes” and “no” on two referenda offered by the Kershaw County School District.

Passions are high on both sides. There are those urging you to “vote yes twice” and there are those imploring you to “vote no twice.” We will not endorse either but, rather, say this: there is no doubt that something must be done to replace or renovate aging schools, expand or upgrade other schools to accommodate rising student populations, and do the same for athletic facilities at all three of the county’s high schools. The question isn’t whether these things must be done, it is how to go about doing so.

And so the debate is framed: should voters approve a $130 million bond referendum with its associated list of projects, and should voters approve a 1-cent sales tax referendum to help pay off that $130 million bond?

We invite you to look in Wednesday’s paper -- as we will today regarding county races and Friday for Camden City Council candidates -- when we will publish a comprehensive look at the bond and penny sales tax referenda. We will offer you the full text of both referenda and a detailed analysis of the affects of voting “yes” or “no” twice or in particular “yes” and “no” combinations.

Along with signs for various candidates, “vote yes twice” and “vote no twice” signs clutter the Kershaw County landscape. We will not add to that clutter. Instead, we believe our best stance is to educate you on exactly what the referenda questions are and what it could mean to vote one way or the other on each. That way, you can make up your own mind.

On Nov. 4, it will be your vote and, therefore, your choice of whether or not the Kershaw County School District goes forward with its list of projects and, if so, how it goes about paying for those projects.

All we ask is that you arm yourselves with straight-forward facts rather than hyperbole. We hope our articles this week will assist you in exercising your right to vote responsibly and with a clear head.

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