Help give 'outsiders' chance to aid Beaufort

newsroom@islandpacket.comMay 7, 2014 

We don't live in the city of Beaufort, but we live where we do because of the city of Beaufort.

One of the major attractions in Beaufort is the Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park. We participate in most events that are held in the park; it's one of the first places that we take out-of-town guests. We eat dinner at a downtown restaurant then have a stroll through the park.

We speak about the park with a sense of pride whenever we are talking about the many things that we love about Beaufort.

In short, it's a large part of our lives, and yet, other than shopping with downtown merchants, we pay nothing for its upkeep.

I suspect that our situation is very typical of thousands of people who live in the county. To a small city like Beaufort, the park is a major part of its budget, but here is something we all can do to help with that expense.

I am proposing that the county supply a space on the county tax form where a taxpayer can voluntarily contribute $20 extra for the upkeep of Waterfront Park. The county would then turn monies collected, less processing expenses, over to the city for park expenses.

I suspect that there are a great many people out there who feel the same as we do, and would cheerfully contribute $20 per year to something that gives back so much. I see no downside. How about it, county and city councils?

Jim Dickson

St. Helena Island

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