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Local growth

Posted: September 21, 2017 2:48 p.m.
Updated: September 22, 2017 1:00 a.m.

“Grow or die,” is a time-honored weightlifter’s motto, but it is apropos for nearly all aspects of life. 

Kershaw County is growing and that is a good thing; however, it is not without its challenges.

Recently, Kershaw County Council formed two ad hoc committees, one to study the county fire service and one to study funding alternatives for School Resource Officers and county growth.

Both of these committees have some pretty challenging and important work ahead of them.

We know, as taxpayers, that growth, if done right, will help everyone by creating jobs and augmenting existing revenue streams and creating new ones. Indeed, that was an important driving factor behind the county’s Vision 2030 plan and it remains an important factor in any decisions made regarding the future of the county.

But we also know that uncontrolled growth can quickly and simultaneously erode the tax base and overwhelm the ability to provide services to our citizens.

So now is the time to get ahead of these situations. We are appreciative of the efforts being made by everyone involved and are optimistic that good workable solutions can be determined.

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