The League of Women Voters of Hilton Head Island/Bluffton Area strongly supports the Rural and Critical Lands Program bond referendum. The league urges all Beaufort County voters to vote for the referendum. A "yes" vote will permit Beaufort County to purchase additional properties or development rights by issuing general obligation bonds not to exceed a total of $25 million and not to exceed 1 mill in debt service.
The benefits to the county include protecting our waterways and scenic vistas, reducing congestion, providing recreational areas and preserving a way of life that is good for residents, businesses and the economy. It will provide the means to continue a program that has been very successful. Since 1999, approximately 20,000 acres have been conserved and 75 projects have been completed thanks to previous bond referenda totaling $90 million, most of which has now been spent.
The league has conducted meetings at which the land conservation program was explained, and recently it sponsored a tour of several of the conserved properties. What we learned, coupled with long-held national, state and local league positions regarding natural resources, made the league's decision to support the referendum an easy one.
Karen Wessel, president
Fran Holt, vice president
The League of Women Voters
Hilton Head Island/Bluffton