‘Day late, a dollar short’
The news that Dorchester County is again looking at some sort of a Local Sales Tax is another example of their “Day Late and a Dollar Short: procedures. Why do I say this? Let’s look at some realities that exist.
Did you ever wonder as you drive out the Berlin G or Main Street, that all of the retail development starts right at the Berkeley County side of the line? The Home Depot store straddles the line, but I believe that in as much as the cash registers are in the Berkeley side, it is considered to be all Berkeley County.
I have no solid proof, but from seeing these things happen in other areas, I’d bet my lunch money that when the developer was looking for the best place for his shopping center, he went to Dorchester County Council, showed them his projected property layout and then asked for some slack in the property taxes as has been done in many areas, but I imagine the answer is something like, “Everybody pays here,” “If you play, you pay,” or something to that effect, and so they approached Berkeley County where the deal was so good that Ryan’s moved their almost new restaurant all the way across town to get the benefits offered by Berkeley County.
Since all that, Berkeley County has made millions of dollars on sales in this shopping area. The money that they have applied from this to their school system has been enormous and the disturbing fact in all of this is that about 75 percent of this came our of the pockets of Dorchester County residents and now here we go with another tax increase that will come out of the pockets of Dorchester County residents, because county council missed out before.
Can you see why I say, “a day late and a dollar short?”