It’s time for all concerned citizens of Georgetown, who are concerned about the future of our port and Georgetown, to come to the aid of their county.
Georgetown County registered voters will have that opportunity on Nov. 4. Please make your voice heard. Sometimes it takes a four-letter word to be heard: Vote.
As many of you well know, there are no free lunches. We have to pay for what we need. In this instance the cost will be minimal. The 1-cent sales tax addresses some of the major needs in our county: port dredging; countywide road improvements; and fire and rescue service enhancements.
The benefits of having these needs addressed outweighs the penny tax a million times over. Also we won’t have to worry about any budget deficit. You won’t have to pay this additional penny on essentials such as groceries and medicine. The 1-cent sales tax will end after four years. Also, 30 percent of the funding will be from tourists.
We pay much more in taxes when we travel to other cities. We realize there may be a few skeptical citizens about this tax. However, these citizens should ask themselves, can we afford to continue ignoring the needs of Georgetown and the port. We have to invest in our county if we are going to survive. We have to be good stewards of our county so our children and grandchildren also can enjoy the county.
We want to thank the business community, labor, republicans, democrats and all the civic organizations that have worked hard in supporting this non-partisan issue. This issue impacts all the citizens of Georgetown County. When we all work together it clearly makes Georgetown a better community.
The United Steelworkers and membership unanimously supports the sales tax referendum and strongly encourage everyone to vote yes. Georgetown is worth one penny.
The writer, who lives in Georgetown, is president and training coordinator for United Steelworkers Local 7898.