Kudos to the Island Packet editorial board, Beaufort County Council member Rick Caporale and his fellow council members who opposed putting the 1 percent sales tax increase before voters.
We should be greatly disappointed in the other council members who believe that this should have been left up to the voters in Beaufort County. Perhaps they should reread the Constitution where the term, referendum, is not mentioned. As our Founding Fathers determined, we are a democratic republic, not a democracy. That means we elect (hopefully) wise and informed people to study the issues in greater detail than we can, and then vote for what is right and just.
Referendums became popular back in 1985 when the citizens of California determined that their county and municipal governments no longer represented their interests and wasted millions of taxpayer dollars on their wants vs. the public's needs. Since then, referendums have become a means to allow local politicians to avoid their responsibilities.
No doubt this issue will come up again in 2106 when some council members will again attempt to convince the voting public to do their job for them.
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The problem facing all S.C. counties is Act 388. Our Sen. Tom Davis has the answer as to how to ensure that everyone pays their fair share of taxes. That is, get rid of the state sales tax exemptions given to special interest groups. Eliminate most, if not all of those exemptions, and you have solved the problem.
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