• Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Dear DD2,

Having raised two daughters that came through our local school system, I am one of your biggest fans. My letter today is concerning your recent bond request for what can only be described as a huge loan from the taxpayers. This is coming at a very difficult time for a small business owner and I need more and better information before I can agree to your request.  
In 1951 we passed a $.03 cent sales tax to fund education. In 1969 we passed an additional penny to fund our schools.  Finally in 1984 we passed yet another penny for school funding bringing our sales tax rate to the current $.05 cents. (As taxpayers we did agree to a temporary $.06 cent total, but this last penny goes toward roads) In 2000 a State lottery was adopted with net revenue dedicated to education with the understanding that this was a supplement, not a replacement, to the above funding.
Based on the above funding amounts, I don’t fully understand why such a large loan is needed.  To better understand my confusion: please keep in mind that I own a non-owner occupied (6% tax rate) property in Dorchester County. When I look at my current tax bill, not only do I see a huge amount of funding going toward the school operating fund, but I also see debt payments on the last loan the tax payers made to DD2.  So property taxes and a previous loan have provided funds in addition to the sales taxes and lottery money.  
I have a soft spot in my heart for three groups of people in this world; children, teachers, and cops/EMS/firefighters. However times are hard out here in the real world, I need to know where all my money is going before I can give more.  When I say that, I mean a specific and somewhat detailed accounting. Telling me children are in trailers is not enough; my children went on to exceed having been in trailers at SES and Rollings.  Telling me “it’s for the children” also won’t work – you see I still have to feed, cloth, and house those children when you’re through with them at the end of the day.
Waiting for a reason to vote “Yes,”
Bill Ford
Sumter Ave

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