Imagine a surgeon operating on you without X-rays, MRIs or data, while operating room staff ignored directions and did their own thing.
That's similar to how your taxes and goals are managed in Beaufort County. A small, autocratic elite operate with their own agendas, acting as if they are unanswerable to anyone. Their methods and results would not be tolerated in a real business. While claiming transparency, they work to undermine it.
This can only happen if you let it. We are rapidly approaching a tipping point where this could be changed.
County Council incumbents from Districts 2, 6 and 11 will have to run for reelection in 2014. They are vulnerable due to their track records. Some reform steps lose by only a few votes. Even a few new people could shift the balance of power.
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If you live in the districts below, please consider running for office:
* District 2 (Beaufort, Lady's, Dataw, Fripp Island areas)
* District 11 (southern half of Hilton Head from Port Royal Plantation to Sea Pines)
* District 6 (Sun City, Berkeley Hall, Eagles Pointe, Oldfield areas)
Registration for new candidates is open March 16 to 30.
Well-managed, open government needs your help.
Steven M. Baer
Hilton Head Island