As president of the Greater Bluffton Republican Club, I would like to thank Beaufort County Council for rejecting the proposed sales tax increase to fund capital improvement projects. I agree with others, including the editorial board members of The Island Packet and Beaufort Gazette, who cite the projects as being flawed and more of a list of wants than needs.
Before this tax increase was rejected, club members had asked for a floor vote on the sales tax proposal. Although we did not take the vote, it appeared that the sales tax proposal had little support among club members and was likely to have been defeated.
We believe in representative government where we elect officials with the expectation that they carry out the difficult work of operating our government in a fiscally-prudent, yet operationally effective manner. We hold them accountable at the ballot box, returning those who have earned our approval and rejecting those who have not.
As Republicans, we will always stand for less taxation and spending cuts. President Reagan once said, "Government is like a baby, an alimentary canal with a big appetite at one end and no sense of responsibility at the other." At least in this case, our elected officials showed a sense of responsibility.
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Joseph S. Iaco