Vote “no” to LOST

  • Friday, October 11, 2013

Vote “no” to LOST

Dear Editor

Dorchester County voters has voted down the sales tax increase 4 times, now, as citizens we have to do it again. I guess the county government thinks we are too stupid to get it right.

If the increase had passed do you believe we would get to vote on it again next year? Heck no, we would not get to! To make things worse the county is spending our tax money to send us post cards supporting this sales tax increase.

Does the county guarantee that the property tax will stay reduced forever or as long as the sales tax increase is in effect? Again Heck no! If the sales tax increase passes and the property tax is decreased as a result.

How long will it be that some politician will say that the property tax is lower than our neighbors and should be increased?

How long will it be before the school board starts crying for more money?

How long will it be before the wacko’s want more parks, hiking trails or green space?

I am going to stay “stupid” and vote NO!

Bruce Bates

Della Lane

Dorchester

No on LOST

Dear Editor,

Today I received in the mail a slick advertising piece that is one of the obvious distortions of the truth to get a vote that I have ever had the displeasure to read. I know, I know … don’t be so naïve, right?

But, according to this “apple pie and blue sky” with the fake families depicted in the affluent neighborhoods of nowhere in particular, this mailing from the Charleston Trident Board of REALTORS about the referendum question on the ballot November 5 in Dorchester County says our County Council is giving us po’ folks a chance to vote ourselves a tax break in the form of the Local Option Sales “Tax.” However, the same special interests that keep telling us we’re gonna see lower taxes keeps raising them on every tax bill we get, as they have again on our most recent property tax bills, to provide them more money for more spending, and to service more debt. So what’s this latest carnival pitch from the REALTORS about voting for the Local Option Sales “Tax”?

Well … to start with, it won’t lower our total tax bills and it’s a tax increase, not a tax decrease. The tax on groceries and everything else we buy at retail in Dorchester County will increase! It’s a permanent sales tax increase in our already top-ten-in-America sales tax rate so that the larger property owners (another way of saying “developers,” and their out-of-state clients) can lower their property taxes by a huge amount at the expense of our renters and those with modest homes (most retirees, most senior citizens, most working people, and the unemployed), who are struggling to make ends meet. Think of it, renters … if you don’t vote “NO” in large numbers on November 5, you get to pay higher taxes so that the rich folks get thousands yearly in tax breaks!

I noticed the other day that the Democrat Party has asked that the citizens of Dorchester County vote “NO” on the Local Option Sales “Tax” but the Republican Party has NOT. What’s that tell you, folks? Put a pen to paper and I bet you’ll find you’re getting ripped off, that is, unless you have no conscience, like higher taxes, and live in a great big ol’ house in Summerville. Putting a pen to paper at our house proves that we’re also getting ripped off, so I expect we’ll be voting “NO.” In fact, you can count on it!

Vote “NO” on the Local Option Sales “TAX” (L.O.S.T.) on November 5. Thanks!

John Braund

Dorchester County

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