We’ve all heard “a penny saved is a penny earned,” but maybe the way to save a penny is to invest a penny: Lexington County’s Penny for Progress proposal might just be a penny earned.
Investing that penny in a good water system with fire hydrants sounds like conservative thinking to me. Would Pine Ridge citizens pay a penny for good water that doesn’t eat up the pipes in your home, contain so much iron that children have lots of cavities and contain minerals that are linked to forming kidney stones? Just knowing a fire hydrant is right down the street and will always provide sufficient water to battle home fires is surely worth more than a penny.
The folks in Irmo, Lexington, Cayce, Springdale and West Columbia may not think much about fire hydrants and good water because it is something they have. Pine Ridge needs fire hydrants and a reliable municipal water supply. Our dream of fire hydrants, reliable water and maybe even a municipal sewer system is worth more than just a penny.
Let the citizens of each municipality make the decision about their needs and their penny. Please don’t make a decision about the referendum on the proposals from other towns.
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Give the Penny for Progress Commission time to compile the list of projects for Lexington County Council to consider placing on the ballot before you make a decision about a penny-on-the-dollar sales tax increase.
It is better to do something imperfectly than to do nothing perfectly. Don’t let the “no tax” voices make a decision for you.
David L. Busby