Letters to the Editor

Baer costs taxpayers if he wins town seat

Steve Baer was elected to Beaufort County Council on Nov. 2.

Two weeks later, Baer decided to run for the Ward 3 seat on Hilton Head Island's Town Council.

He ran for the county position based on his platform of good financial management, "the same as it was in 2006." He wanted "to continue looking at both the capital and the expense side on every line of the county budget" and wanted to be an advocate for "how we spend."

The estimated county expense of $15,000 for a special election to fill the County Council seat Baer would leave vacant if he wins the Town Council seat seems like poor financial management and an unneeded expense in the county budget, especially since this would be a less than lateral move for him.

Baer disregards the fact that taxpayers would have to foot the bill to allow him to serve his personal interests in an elected position at the town level instead of his recently elected position at the county level. Conveniently, should he lose in his attempt to represent one of seven wards on Hilton Head, he'll retain his seat representing one of three County Council districts on the island.

Why can't he see the disservice he's doing to those who elected him to serve on County Council? Perhaps Baer wouldn't mind writing a personal check to cover the cost of holding another special election.

Jake GartnerHilton Head Island

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