A friend recently emailed me a petition to sign to oppose the potential referendum to increase our sales tax by 1 percent. He wasn't a resident during the last fight over a similar tax increase, which if I recall, was defeated in 2002 and 2004 but approved in 2006.
I informed him that, at that time, I did my best to ensure that the referendum passed. For those of you that are new to this area, you should understand one very important aspect of where you live. State legislators in Columbia think you are too rich to be included in the many projects that are necessary to maintain your lifestyle. Therefore, as unpleasant as this is, it behooves you to tax yourselves so that your lifestyle (read property values) remains at a high standard.
Had the 2006 tax increase not passed, we would not have accomplished the widening of U.S. 278 and S.C. 170. We would not have the Bluffton Parkway or the now-under-construction flyover and many other important improvements to this area.
I realize that most of you are Republicans and are very frustrated these days. But please do not cut off your nose to spite your face. Please put politics aside and remember that this tax will also be paid by the many tourists visiting this area. If you decide to sign this petition or just vote no for the referendum, your property taxes will eventually be raised to pay for these projects, and you will be the only ones paying for them. So please let the tourists pay their fair share.