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Letter: Lavish spending not the answer

Posted: May 25, 2018 12:44 p.m.
Updated: May 29, 2018 1:00 a.m.

We need economic development so Kershaw County can create jobs and add tax and fee revenue from such development. New industrial jobs and new industrial fees are essential. But it is also essential that we take care of our small business owners and look out for the taxpayers by lessening their tax burden.

Economic development should not be a burden on the citizens of Kershaw County and take money away from other needs.
Lavish spending has brought in very little in investment from new industries and created only 25 new jobs from new industries. Lavish spending resulted in a small increase in total industrial fees from $3.9 million in 2009 to $4.3 million in 2018. A very small increase in new jobs and new investment and new fees from industries has cost the tax payers of Kershaw County well more than $2.5 million in increased spending since 2011 plus a bond obligation that could cost $30 million dollars. I opposed both. This money has been taken away from other essential county services and taken away money from the school district.

I have a plan for success and savings that could be used for other essential services. I propose in the new Kershaw County budget that $450,000 instead of $750,000 be budgeted for economic development. This is still a big increase over the $330,000 budgeted in 2011/2012. The $300,000 savings could be used to fund essential SROs for our schools.

I further propose the county complete the spec building now being constructed at Heritage Pointe Industrial Park, and that when that building is sold, the proceeds are used for the next economic development project. And that no more money is spent from the 2015 $17.2 million economic development bond.

I also suggest the county increase its commitment to economic development by requesting that the administrator and his administration focus on economic development and small businesses and manage the budget to obtain results and stop spending and wasting large sums of money.

And lastly I urge that the county continue to market its site-ready industrial parks and commercial parks and aggressively market its site-ready Mega-Site industrial park. My plan will lead to success in economic development and will benefit industry, small business, and most importantly our tax payers. My plan will deliver good results in economic development for Kershaw County.

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