Since I am much older than 65, I exercised my option to vote early; glad I did. The penny tax increase touted for road repair covers multiple other projects as well.
On the ballot, after many pages of wonderful things, the tax proposal comes down to the final paragraph, in which these final words tells it all: “provided that in the event such sales and use tax is inadequate for payment of such bonds, a sufficient ad valorem tax shall be imposed on all taxable property in Lexington County for the payment thereof.”
No property owners in their right mind who read this would vote yes to give the county permission to add taxes on their property in any amount deemed “sufficient.” This is a license to steal.
I am in favor of road repair, but let’s do it as a single-issue item and not include the kicker that will stick property owners for any costs exceeding the revenue from the penny tax or other sources.
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