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Letter: A viable plan for SROs, econ dev

Posted: July 2, 2018 7:29 a.m.
Updated: July 3, 2018 1:00 a.m.

My motion to add School Resource Officers (SROs) failed even though I reduced the proposed amount allocated to SROs and school safety from my previous proposal.

I have repeatedly told council how we can incrase our economic development efforts and have greater success in economic development and save money to be used for other vital services -- like SROs. We can reduce the economic development budget by $255,000 and use that money for SROs and school safety.

Economic development would be strengthened by having the administrator and his staff directly involved. Plus the economic development budget would still be $495,000, which is $165,000 more than it was six years ago.

The administrator, with the Department of Commerce, using the economic development budget will market the mega site and our other site-ready industrial parks. This will lead to success. Our former economic development director is at the Department of Commerce and the Department of Commerce is aggressively marketing the mega site and other industrial sites. The Department of Commerce is familiar with our resources.

I believe the administrator and the county staff have plenty of time, together with the Dept. of Commerce, to market our industrial sites, including the mega site, which are site ready for industry. My plan would still leave $100,000 in the economic development budget for salaries and fringe benefits.

We have spent large sums of money on economic development without success in new industrial jobs and a significant increase in industrial fees. My figures as to new industrial job creation and the lack of economic development has been verified by the Dept. of Commerce numbers, as well as reporting by the newspaper. As the C-I wrote on May 25, “Kershaw County has not been successful, at all, in landing new industry…” We must have a new plan.

My plan is a win-win-win. A win for economic development, a win for the tax payers and a win for school safety and the school district.


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