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What next, Camden?

Posted: May 26, 2011 8:11 a.m.
Updated: May 27, 2011 5:00 a.m.

I thought the hospitality tax was to be used to bring in tourists. How will the YMCA do this? Who will be willing to travel to Camden just to work out, or to take a swim? Are the people just outside the city limits the tourists the city is counting on? Those of us who don't live in the city limits still pay the hospitality tax because we have no choice; if we want to enjoy the local businesses there, we have to just go along.

I live about three-tenths of a mile out and had to sign a paper saying I would not fight any annexation that may come just to get power to my home, so I know one day council will vote to move the city limits further out to get the revenue needed to help fund this (the hospitality tax will not be enough) and any other thing the city feels it needs. The leaders of Camden say there are a lot of supporters for this project, but I have yet to find them.

What will be next for the city? A city-owned gas station, grocery store or maybe an insurance agency? Run by an outside partner, of course. Don't worry, small business. The mayor says this kind of competition is good for everyone. What a crock!

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