Letters to the Editor

  • Friday, June 6, 2014

Chinnis responds

Dear Editor:

It’s nice for the excuses to come now after taxpayers have been double-taxed for eight years. Why didn’t those ideas come eight years ago, before a County Council campaign? Is it ever OK for a government agency to double tax its citizens? I say no!

And the false flag raised to say “Chinnis hasn’t resolved double taxation in four years” is just that, a false flag! The Attorney General’s office clearly stated the county has no standing in resolving the issue, however he also stated clearly, “However we read section 5-3-311 to require a plan to be formulated regardless of whether the municipality assumes such functions. Section 5-3-311 sets specific deadlines for the formulation of such a plan, and we believe the city and the districts must comply with those deadlines.” Those deadlines expired more than seven-and-a-half years ago! On the other hand, the county has worked diligently to encourage a resolution at my insistence! And the pattern continues. When my opponent was asked about a “crash tax” at the May Dorchester County Republican Party meeting when he replied “it does make sense in some respect, if we respond to something and damage a lot of equipment…”

Taxing our citizens for an accident when they have paid for public safety (51 percent of Dorchester County budget) in their taxes is still double taxation.

I have voted for real government fiscal responsibility, holding the line on the county budget for four years, not offering backhanded tax increases in the guise of new solutions. If you need evidence of the positive growth of this county, look no further than the over $300,000,000 in business development and nearly 1,000 new jobs announced. Let’s keep working for a better Dorchester County!

Councilman David Chinnis

District 2 Candidate

Supports Byars

I’ve worked side by side with Jay Byars on the Parks and Recreation Commission for the past two and a half years. I whole heartedly support his reelection to Dorchester County Council. Jay has done an excellent job guiding our volunteer committee and has gone above and beyond his duties by making sure we’re investigating everything before making recommendations to council. I can tell that he’s committed to making sure the county doesn’t over extend itself by paying for a parks system that would be a burden to its residents. His actions serve to make this life long Republican very happy and proud to serve with him.

In addition to the conservative fiscal nature of Jay, he consistently shows that he is passionate about leaving the area and the land a better place for generations to come. He has made decisions that ensure that his children and grandchildren can live and enjoy Dorchester County for decades to come. He’s also very passionate about making sure the county creates more access to the Ashley River while maintaining its natural beauty. He sees it as a great natural resource that we need to cherish, protect and enjoy.

Jay Byars has done an excellent job proving that leadership matters and I am happy to support him for reelection.

Rita May Ranck


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