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Letter | Georgetown County leaders swimming upstream on pool spending plan

June 19, 2013 

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Our country is facing a very tough economic time. High debt. Unemployment. Poor leadership. Uncertainty. Our county does not need the same.

I understand that in 2014, Georgetown County government is planning on building two swimming pools (on the Waccamaw Neck and in Carvers Bay). I am told each pool would cost in the neighborhood of $750,000-plus and operation/maintenance cost is estimated to be $115,000 per year per pool.

I am told Georgetown County government would have to borrow this money to pay for these pools. In addition, I am told that by 2018, two more pools would be built (Georgetown and Andrews).

Are these pools necessary. The YMCA in Georgetown has a pool. We have an ocean and we have rivers........and many people have their own swimming pools. In addition, I would imagine these pools would be open around five months out of the year.

The county has just spent large sums of money to build new baseball and soccer fields throughout the county, plus tennis courts and new enclosed recreational facilities to serve the youth and adults.

Do we need these swimming pools? Do we need more debt for our county? Has the county revisited the “community” to see if this is the best way to spend and borrow money at this time?

As you move forward in your planning for 2014 and beyond, I ask that you sit back and review the priorities of our county. Roads still need repairing, bridges need repair, broadband for countywide communications is needed, plus other infrastructure needs to serve our county.

These are more important, I think, than two new swimming pools. Please continue to be good stewards of taxpayer money.

The writer, who lives in Pawleys Island, is chairman of the Waccamaw Neck Republican Party.

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