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Your taxes at work: County to raise taxes to fund Tompkins Library?

web posted April 1, 2009
COLUMN – It seems the people at the Tompkins Library have started a letter writing campaign against me, as you will see two such letters in the weekly papers out today. I find this amusing. These silly people got what they wanted, $17,500 in free money restored to the county budget, and they still want to whine and cry about how important their hobby is to the county. What I do not find so amusing is that the only way the county council can fund the Tompkins Library is to raise taxes, and that is the plan. Isn’t that special? They are planning to raise taxes so they can give our money away.

And the floodgates are about to open. Piedmont Tech, who is currently funded at just under $45,000 (half of their usual $90,000), which should be cut out completely, is already asking for even more money. Since the county council, at least the three amigos Kneece, Dorn, and Bright, have seen fit to find free money to give away - every single NGO is going to line up for their piece of the pie.

Somewhere in all this the employees of the county are lost and forgotten. The county council is cutting their pay between 5.5% and 3%, depending on how much they earn, by forcing them to pay for a portion of their insurance. These wonderful county leaders cannot find $121,000 to continue to provide the insurance, but they can raise taxes to force you and me to fund a non-profit without getting the tax deduction?

That is asinine. And the sorry thing is there will be more money handed out before the process is over unless one of the three amigos gets a spine or a brain, or both.

I have railed against the Tompkins Library and Piedmont Tech being added back into our budget because neither deserves our hard-earned tax dollars at a time when we cannot afford to keep the promises to our county employees. Piedmont Tech has received almost $90,000 a year from the county but they have never reduced tuition for Edgefield County students that attend the college. We just give them money for the heck of it.

What do families do when money is tight? They quit spending and cut fun and games. The majority of the county council hands out free money and continues to spend a ton of our money on “recreation” to entertain someone else’s children.

I’m sick of it all. We’re governed by mental midgets. Why does the song by the scarecrow in the Wizard of Oz keep running through my head? “If I only had a brain…”

County Council members Rodney Ashcraft and Genia Blackwell have stated they do not intend to support the plan. The budget will receive a first reading at the County Council meeting on April 7 at 6 pm.


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