Sales tax proposal was rightly shot down

newsroom@islandpacket.comJuly 13, 2014 

Why would anyone want to increase taxes in our current economic climate? Everyone knows our federal government takes tax revenue and does wasteful things with it. We have massive debt, a flat-lining economy, 90-plus million out of work, and 47 million on welfare. Anyone who drives a car or shops for food knows prices are going through the roof.

Now, along comes several Beaufort County groups, wanting to feed from the public trough, so they can have their "monuments-to-me" projects built and paid for by increasing our sales tax. Local businesses have a hard enough time staying in business without increasing the sales tax, and our large, retiree population doesn't have any more money for "nice-to-have" projects.

In the last referendum, the project to straighten the parkway was on the list to be completed and funded by the increased sales tax. It was touted as "necessary," but got slipped down the list until there was no more money left to complete the work.

Looking at the list just voted down, the same project appears again and is again touted as necessary. Who's looking out for the people's interest when it comes to ensuring projects on the "necessary list" get completed? What caused the shortfall in the sales tax income from the previous referendum? How can anyone trust that this won't happen again? Given the questionable fiscal oversight with the last referendum, I cannot support any new sales tax increase.

Bert Walker


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