Use sales tax proceeds for public safety projects

newsroom@islandpacket.comMay 29, 2014 

The newspaper's editorial about the proposed sales tax projects meeting specific objectives is spot on. But the sales tax referendum is a crucial effort to address important public safety issues now facing the Town of Hilton Head Island and Beaufort County.

Road safety needs to be addressed, particularly with the flyover coming online soon. The public's ability to navigate safely through Pinckney Island and Jenkins Island must be a high priority because of the thousands of users of the these bridges each day. The county's plan to build a road under the Graves bridge for Pinckney Island, and the planned service road to connect Blue Heron Point Road to Gateway Drive are examples of worthwhile safety improvements.

It's these kind of plans that the sales tax commission should embrace -- projects that improve public safety along with water/sewer needs, bike paths and sidewalks. I think the sales tax commission is up to the task, and I surely hope the local politicians who are saying that we may not have enough time to get a list of projects together and get it on the November ballot should honestly admit that we cannot afford to let this opportunity go by. These types of projects last a life time, and we are already behind in many public safety issues. Other requests for recreation and entertainment should be put on hold.

Ernest V. Lindblad

Hilton Head Island

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