Local businessman and life-long Kershaw County resident Chuck Nash will be chairman of the Referendum Campaign Committee, Taxpayers for Education and Jobs, a group working to promote approval of the upcoming Kershaw County School District Bond Referendum in November. Joining Nash on the committee are Ben Connell, Cathe Epps, George Gibson, Bobby Joseph and Derial Ogburn.
Nash, who owns a State Farm Insurance agency in Camden, said this referendum is an important moment for the community.
“For Kershaw County to prosper into the long term, our school facilities need to be modern and inviting,” Nash said. “Our schools are among the first things that prospective residents and businesses look at when considering our community as a place to live or grow a business.”
Nash said he is especially excited about the prospect of having ATEC on the Central Carolina Technical College site.
“Having ATEC on the same site as Central Carolina and the County Economic Development Office will promote a more highly trained workforce and show economic development prospects that Kershaw County is committed to attracting and supporting new industry, which will increase our tax base and provide jobs and opportunity for our citizens. A quality ready workforce is critical in the competitive economic environment that exists today.”
Nash said he is also very enthused that the proposed referendum projects can be funded without a millage increase.
“If both referendum questions pass, the one cent sales tax, which would end in 15 years, combined with the payoff of existing debt for both the proposed projects and all the existing debt would be completely paid off within 16 years.”
The Taxpayers for Education & Jobs will be working with other community organizations and the business community to explain the long-term benefits of the referendum, Nash said.
“Our entire community has an important stake in this referendum,” he said. “This is an opportunity to make our outstanding school district even better and in the longer term, provide employment options that will allow our children to raise their own future families here in their home community.”