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Posted: October 2, 2017 1:50 p.m.
Updated: October 3, 2017 1:00 a.m.

Kershaw County will undoubtedly grapple with growing pains for the foreseeable future.

On the one hand, the growth in population is a great thing. We know we live in a wonderful community, a place blessed with unique amenities and, of course, some of the best people in the world. We are proud of this place we call home and glad others see it and want to do the same.

But with that growth comes responsibility. More people need more services and there is no getting around that fact. The county is already hard pressed and pressured in a number of areas. So as always, the county must take a hard look at what it reasonably can and can’t do. Indeed, committees are currently doing deep dives into such areas as the fire service -- obviously a vital and appropriate county service.

One entity that county council reduced funding this year was the Santee-Wateree Regional Transportation Authority (S-WRTA), which operates bus services in this area. In recent years, the county contributed some $19,000; this year, it cut those funds to $1,000. S-WRTA has asked the county to reconsider that, but as of yet, it has not been able to provide information regarding its present budget nor information about its ridership in Kershaw County. S-WRTA has also indicated it planned to phase out some services as of Sunday. Also, the county does not know if those services would be restored, even if the county upped funding back to the previous level.

On the one hand, the service is useful, even vital, to some Kershaw County citizens. 

Unfortunately, hard decisions have to be made. If the ridership isn’t there, then it will be unfortunate, but most likely necessary, to decline restoring funding -- and it may even be necessary to cut funding altogether.

We hope it doesn’t come to that, but we certainly understand tough times call for tough decisions.

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