Beaufort County Council should be commended for its common-sense recognition of these tough economic times and its unwavering refusal to give in to a tax increase requested from the Board of Education. Council members have shown a willingness to make hard decisions in order to manage responsibly taxpayers' money, while acknowledging the importance of an efficient and productive school district.
The school board needs this necessary check and approval from the council as it continues to use tunnel vision. The board is hiding behind its inability to represent the school system in a way that recognizes the hit that taxpayers have taken in personal employment, income and declining net worth. Its tax-the-other-guy mentality has helped accelerate the decline in value of non-resident properties.
Those taxpayers are paying more than their fair share, while seeing up to a 50 percent reduction in their property values. Can you blame people for converting to owner-occupied status to save themselves. Many affected taxpayers can't vote to help replace incompetent school board members. This is shameful, irresponsible management.
The voters will need choices in the next school board election. Voters need responsible candidates who can manage and fund a well run school district and protect the taxpayers. Maybe the tea party can screen future candidates. To board member Bill Evans, maybe there is light at the end of the tunnel.
Hilton Head Island