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Questions for taxpayers to ponder

Posted: September 1, 2011 11:31 a.m.
Updated: September 2, 2011 5:00 a.m.

Here are some questions about your money and government of and for the people:

How did you answer the city's market survey on building a new sports facility? Mine must have gotten lost in the mail.

If all the hospitality tax is used for the new Y, does this mean the Pegasus Ball tickets will not be “on the house”?

What was your impression of the sports complex business plan? You were furnished a copy or had one made available, correct?

When did the city assume the obligation of teaching second-graders swimming lessons? Why not just rent a couple of buses, take the kids for a dip and save $5 million? 

If the mayor and the city council members were investors in a local child care, gymnastics or fitness center, would this venture be discussed?

What happened to all of the public forums where the city council members could have feedback?

Who else thought the mayor did a good job of answering the questions he wrote?

With all the ill will generated by the Y controversy, do you think the city fathers should borrow the sheriff's publicist?

Has anyone asked the local former Y board members how much over $100,000 they were in debt?

Is it two or three times that a Camden YMCA has failed?

How many new managers/administrative “coat and tie” salaries have been added to the city staff in the last three years?

Where are the city councilmen hanging out if everywhere they go people are all for spending a couple of million dollars on a sports complex?

Since a new Y will have a cost to everyone, do you think the mayor should donate his real estate commission, which came from selling the property to the city, as scholarships?

If you were the mayor and had thought that the selling of the property to the city would have been turned down, would you still have proposed the purchase?

Does this Y development smell of political gain or payback?

If the Columbia Y leaves, don't you think the good people of Elgin, Bethune and Lugoff would want to pick up the tab for a second public pool in Camden?

How many conversations have the city leaders had with James Davis or the recreation commissioners?

When did the city start operating the basketball programs at the armory and city arena?

Do you think the school board and superintendent’s office are sending weekly “thank-you” notes to the mayor and council members?

Do you wonder how much that “turnkey” move into the new school district office cost?

Does anyone think it is ironic that as much as the school superintendent has previously criticized the S.C. tax structure, he moves the district office into a prime commercial piece of property?


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