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Sunday, October 17, 2021

Upcoming COTU Meeting Thursday, Oct 21, 7 PM

Our October meeting is coming up this coming week at Cafe' Connections, 319 East Main Street, Pickens, SC 29671



THURSDAY, OCTOBER 21, at 7 PM

Our guest speaker is Amy Williams, who is running for our School Board District 7. Please come out and ask her your questions, even if you can't vote for her, we need to vet her, because her votes will impact children's education here in our county as well as our taxes. 

Here is the link to her website: www.voteamywilliams.com

The other school board candidate is TJ Layton, he was offered twice to come and speak but said he could not. He does not have a website so you'll have to contact him yourself and ask your questions. 

Here's TJ Layton's contact info: Phone# 864-444-5400 and email: tjlayton@gmail.com

There is a  County Council Committee Of the Whole meeting
Monday night, October 18, 6 PM

It will be held in the main conference room of the Administration Building, 222 McDaniel Ave, Pickens, SC 29671.  Topics on their agenda for discussion are Recreational funding District 3, Mile Creek funding request, Litter Ordinance, American Rescue Act Funding and Emergency Medical Services issues. As I have told you before, they don't video these meetings, so if you want to see their interactions and hear what they say, you have to be there or wait a whole month before the minutes get posted. 




REMINDER, The over 600 signatures for asking our county council to sign a resolution to protect our property rights was ignored by this present county council. This should be of great concern to you as to why they refuse to simply agree to protect our God given property rights. Our Pickens County  Comprehensive Plan that deals with land usage is coming up soon. There's already a meeting about possible infringements happening on  Hwy 11 property owners property rights. This meeting is to be held at 120 Holly Springs Rd, Pickens, SC 29671
Tuesday, October 19th at 5PM till 7PM 

An unelected, non-governmental agency, the Appalachian Council of Governments, is in charge of that meeting. If you plan on going, please read up on the Delphi Technique as I am pretty sure this will be the format used. Here's an article you should read on that technique: 

Here is the video you need to watch on Biden's 30X30 Land Grab plan: 

*** Don't forget we pray every Saturday morning at the Pickens County Courthouse for our country and our people at 9:30. Here's a photo of this past one:

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Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Open Letter to Pickens County Council on Emergency Medical Services Situation

 


An open letter to the Pickens County Council,

My name is Tommy M. Page, and up until about three weeks ago I was a Paramedic and Field Training Officer for PCEMS.

Last month, another citizen approached County Council during the monthly meeting with a list of concerns about the current state of our County EMS system, and you yourselves had a lengthy discussion on some of those matters later in that meeting. First of all, allow me to emphatically state that I was not the employee she had referenced in her statement, though many of her issues seemed to be lifted from the pages of my letter of resignation, the same letter that Administrator Roper referenced later that evening.

By all accounts, that letter has grown quite a set of legs and has made its way to many, if not all, of your desks, and it seems that many conversations may have been initiated on account of it.

I served this county for ten years, and had wholeheartedly hoped to retire here. I, like most of the employees of PCEMS, love the people I was honored to work with like family, and I know that, by far, our EMS service would be the employer of choice for a great many providers throughout the upstate, were it not for several major problems that have come to light during the current pandemic.

I have been made aware by many whom I have spoken with that my departure has caused a fair deal of pain and confusion in my wake, and for that I am truly sorry. Unfortunately, as all employees of Pickens County have been made unofficially aware, for one to approach or address this council as an employee means that one will likely no longer be employed here shortly thereafter, as though their rights as a citizen of this county are suspended if they wish to continue their employment.

I feel the things I intend to say need to be brought to your attention in a public forum, so that you and the citizens of Pickens County will have a better understanding of the general morale and beliefs of those you charge with maintaining the public's safety and well-being.

I felt forced to quit a job I loved so I could say what I feel I have been called on to say. I beg you to weigh that statement meticulously, to understand the pain it brings me, to understand the sacrifice I have made to try to better this situation.

There is not a person in this county that is not but one unfortunate event away from having their very lives in the hands of the employees of PCEMS. An accident, an acute illness, an assault, a heart attack, or a stroke could be waiting just around the corner for ANY of us. And when these things happen, the employees of PCEMS are expected to be there, to help keep each of us safe and alive, and to get us to definitive care from a physician. The vast majority of these employees perform this job with passion and zeal, out of genuine concern for the well-being of those entrusted to their care.

As for myself, though I am no longer employed by PCEMS, my family and I all live here in Pickens County. My children, my parents, my sister and her family, my brother and his family, all of them are residents here. Many of the people reading this, I am certain, share this commonality with me.

For those not familiar, PCEMS normally has nine ambulances on duty covering the entire county, but as of late it seems much more common that there are only eight available, and often enough only seven. All of us are put at greater risk when we have to shut down trucks nearly daily because we cannot get providers to cover shifts. Even more egregious is the increased risk these employees and those they serve are subjected to when the needs of the service force those employees to work harder and with fewer breaks due to both the increased call volume and the exacerbation of said volume as the increasing call load is being shifted onto a fewer number of responders.

The primary reason this is occurring is not because of a limited number of personnel to pull from on any roster, as every EMS system in the country is currently having the same issues due to the COVID Pandemic. I along with many of the current employees of PCEMS wholeheartedly believe this is due to the fact that the hourly rate of pay for the part-time employees we need to cover shifts is nowhere near high enough to incentivize them to work our open shifts when our full-time employees must be out for whatever reason.

Do not misunderstand, I am not speaking about setting pay rates competitively based on a projected annual salary, but on the base HOURLY rate offered by those services that also need this vital and very limited resource.

These part-time employees have bills to pay, families to support, and per the numbers being provided on the COVID incidence rate in our county, every time they pick up a shift they risk an exposure, no matter how well protected they may be. It is only natural that these part-time employees will only pick up shifts for which they feel they will be adequately compensated, and sadly that typically means service to the highest bidder.

As always, there are of course some outliers, as we do have a handful of part-time employees that do not work EMS as their primary source of employment and who serve simply for the love of serving, and some that love working with our employees enough that they would prefer to work here rather than elsewhere, but those precious few are already doing all that they can. The numbers do not lie, those precious few cannot keep our trucks rolling on their own, we need all the hands we can get, and that means hourly pay has to be brought up to or above the levels offered around us, period.

The only way to realistically have any chance of getting part-time employees to work our open shifts is to offer truly competitive, or preferably even better, pay than those services around us. And with the increased work load being put on our crews, they are becoming more and more exhausted, they are increasing their exposure to illness and injury, and they are feeling very unappreciated, especially in the face of all that they have done for the citizens of the county in the past two years.

Eventually, even the best care provider can become tired enough to miss something or to make a mistake, and mistakes in this profession can cost lives.

I am aware that PCEMS was just awarded raises, but in all honesty many of the employees of PCEMS felt that the average raise of just $0.50-0.75 an hour in the face of what they have been through over the past twenty or so months was pitifully insufficient, and some even described it to me as “insulting.” I am acutely aware that I got very lucky when I found my new employment, and feel no shame in stating that my new base rate is more than five dollars an hour higher than what I was making when I left PCEMS, with that being before any shift differentials or COVID incentives offered by my new employer (which are quite significant, again in the ranges of several dollars per hour, not mere cents).

I say this not as a brag or boast, but in an attempt to show what we are up against competitively on wages. In fact, were the staffing issues to be resolved, I'd happily take a pay cut to return, though I have my doubts as to whether or not that would even be possible after this parlance. Part-time employees will almost always turn down a shift making seventeen dollars an hour in favor of a shift making thirty, or even considerably more given the incentives being offered at some local services. And, human nature and personal necessity being what it is, if the pay rate of PCEMS part-time personnel is raised to the point it will need to be to get our shifts covered, full-time rates will have to increase as well, unless the goal is to see a massive shift of full-time personnel transferring to part-time. Given that anytime an EMS employee takes or uses vacation or sick time they actually lose money from their paycheck, most would forgo other benefits for the increased pay rate hands down, and find another source of insurance and such through a different full-time employer or elsewhere.

The overtime that is touted as the reason PCEMS hourly pay is so low when compared to surrounding services is completely lost when our employees need to take time for self care, often resulting in a loss of hundreds of dollars on a paycheck.

The argument can be made that no other department in the Pickens County infrastructure gets paid their overtime rate when they use their vacation or sick-time, but might I not only inquire which other department literally has the lives of our citizens in their hands as a default description of their employment, but also which other departments work 24 hours at a time with ZERO mandated or protected breaks for basic human needs (such as food, bathroom needs, or even sleep so that accidents are not exacerbated by increasing exhaustion)? The only departments I can think of that could possibly relate would be Law Enforcement and Fire Protection Services, and they, too, are woefully underpaid and underappreciated, truth be told. The people serving our community in PCEMS answer the call to duty throughout the day, regardless of the time or how recently ran their last call, and they deserve to be treated and compensated as though we actually appreciate what they do for our citizens.

Many of our newer and younger employees have never received a single time-in-service raise, and, in fact, during my ten year service I can only recall a single successful salary study that raised pay rates in that fashion, though afterwards it was widely believed that it had been only due to an accounting error that rates had been raised to the levels that they were. When this happened, though, PCEMS was the highest paid EMS service in the area, and we experienced a massive hiring boon, allowing us to bring on some of the most talented providers available locally.

That being said, when PCEMS pay rates were again surpassed by the local average, many left for greener pastures, so to speak. And again making an example of myself, we move forward to the present, to when I was still only making the base starting rate for FTO pay when I resigned after ten years, with nearly half that as an FTO and with my being recognized twice by County Council as the PCEMS Employee of the Year (2012 & 2018) during my employment.

If the lives and well-being of our citizens are as important to us as they should be, EMS should be the one department that would always be given the utmost priority in budget considerations, not just in payroll but in needed equipment, supplies, and training materials.

To my knowledge, every budget that had been submitted by any of the numerous directors that have served over the past ten years was slashed horrendously by the finance department prior even to any committee considerations, with our department heads then having to go before a committee to fight for what remained, often with minimal success.

To those on the outside of those decisions looking in, it seems as though the lives of our citizens are of much less importance than road maintenance, or a new jail, or Sister-City projects, or even replacing the trees outside the Administration Building because those that were originally there weren't “native species” and thus not in line with the desired aesthetic. When the lives of our family, friends, and loved ones are on the line, we shouldn't have to fight to have the personnel, tools, and up-to-date skills needed to give the best possible treatment for our citizens.

I understand that Administrator Roper is going to be riding with a PCEMS Supervisor to experience just what PCEMS does. While I appreciate that efforts are being made to experience what working EMS is like, might I suggest that rather than just one representative of the administration or Council scheduling a few hours riding with a Supervisor, EACH of you do a ride-along with one of the Easley crews for a full 24 hour shift on a day when one, or even two, of the three Easley units has been placed out of service due to under-staffing? As often as it has been occurring as of late, a day such as that should not be hard to schedule, and a true picture of what PCEMS does for this county could then be seen. See what it is like first hand to run three or four calls back-to-back while having to hold your bladder, to order a meal that you might get to take a bite of four hours later, or to run calls for fourteen or sixteen straight hours only to have the tones drop for more calls every time you sit down or lay your head on a pillow.

I hope that I have been able to effectively convey how serious this matter truly is. I personally know of several PCEMS employees already looking at other employment, and several more strongly considering doing the same. If even only those that I know of do make that jump, PCEMS will be very hard pressed to keep the number of shut down units to merely one or two trucks per day. And if that happens, it will very much appear that the citizens of Pickens County are being placed at an unnecessarily and highly increased risk because the bottom line was deemed more important than their safety and well being.

Money should never, ever, be more important than lives, especially when the funds that could be used to fix these problems are there and available. For example, Pickens County received $24,645,730 from the federal government via the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, and utilization of this money for funding the issues I have addressed appears to be specifically both covered and allowable.

Councilmen and Administrator Roper, the citizens and voters of Pickens County are now relying on you for your guidance and heartfelt concern in addressing these issues. In fact, many of them may soon have their lives riding on it. All it takes is one unfortunate event.

Sincerely and with hope,

Tommy M. Page


Monday, October 4, 2021

Proposed Form For Pickens County Taxpayers That WANT To Pay More Taxes To Pickens County

This is a serious post.

If a taxpayer in the County of Pickens wants to raise taxes or pay more, then they should lead by paying more. This form should be promoted by the county and at every level municipal, county and state.

If anyone is truly serious about proposing or implementing higher taxes, then they should be willing to lead by example.



Friday, October 1, 2021

Were Taxpayers Misled By Our Pickens County Council On Fire Fees Restructuring?

 

Below is a letter written to all Pickens County Councilmen from
one of our Conservative of the Upstate Members: 


Dear Councilman __________,

I took a look at the 2021 tax bills (online) for some various properties last night 
and noticed some very high fire fees (as much as $230 on residential properties).

As I recall, last year when the new "plan" was discussed, fees of $90 to $156
 (depending on square footage) were claimed as follows:
$90 (under 1000 sq')
$112 (1000-1999 sq')
$134 (2000-2999 sq')
$156 (3000+ sq') 

It seems the actual fees being charged are much different:
0-1249'       $90
1250-1499'  $110
1500-1749'  $130
1750-1999'  $150
2000-2249'  $170
2250-2499'  $190
2500-2999'  $210
3000+          $230

This seems quite unreasonable and contrary to what was supposedly planned.
WHAT HAPPENED? When were these fees further discussed? Was it at a public
meeting or  behind closed doors? Why were the potential fees beyond $156 
not mentioned to the public in the County's extensive campaign to educate
(and push) the new fire fee plan last year? 

The figure of $105 for everyone, as a flat fee, was used as the amount it would take
to meet the funding needs of  the fire districts. I spoke to you last year, during a 
council meeting, after a public poll was conducted where the results favored a flat 
fee over a square footage based fee by a ratio of 2 to 1. Instead of listening to the 
public preference, it seems we now have 8 different fees, half of which are higher 
than the claimed maximum of $156. 

Please provide answers to the questions above as the public deserves an 
explanation as to what happened to the more reasonable fees mentioned when the
county was pushing the "new plan.”

Is this another example of not being transparent and honest
with the taxpayers from out present County Council? Stay
tuned, maybe, if we are lucky one of the councilmen will
respond to his email. But don't hold your breath.


Monday, September 27, 2021

Is Our Tax Supported Library In Pickens County Pushing An Agenda?



Banning books or movies from our Library and promoting and pushing people to come view them are two entirely different issues. 

The present appointed 6 person Library Board and their Chairman Dennis Latham have absolutely no say so over which movies or books the Library Director, Stephanie Howard, decides to promote and push or the banned books that she and her staff decide to promote or push for citizens to read. 

To be clear, these decisions at present are at the sole decision of Library Director Stephanie Howard and her staff who are payed by YOUR tax dollars.

Conservatives of the Upstate think this needs to change. She needs oversight into her decisions. Isn't that the job of the appointed Board of Trustees? 

Who appoints these board members you may ask. The answer is our County Council, and they are at present accepting applications for citizens to serve on this board. There are 2 upcoming vacancies.  See this link: https://www.co.pickens.sc.us/government/county_council/boards___commissions.php  

Someone on the Library of Board of Trustees needs to make a motion that going forward all media and reservation space for meetings being promoted and sponsored at the library needs to be pre-approved by a majority vote of the Library Board of Trustees. 

Also, let it be also known that the Library Board Chairman Dennis Latham has not responded to two of  COTU's Leadership Team member, Johnnelle Raines' emails about what effect the 344 signed petitions against showing questionable violent, sex filled R rated movies had on any discussions at their last Board of Trustees meeting held on September 16 at the Pickens Village Library Branch. 

We are not the only community that questions what their tax supported libraries are doing. Please take the time to read this article.


After listening to the Library Director recently pitch to the Pickens County Council spending taxpayer money on expanding the Library for building more meeting space, none of the county councilmen even asked for a list of groups they have had to turn down. Wouldn't that data be important to know? 

We here at COTU think that choosing "appropriate" media to sponsor and push for citizens to read or watch or participate in is imperative for reflecting our community's values.  What we have observed lately is that our tax supported library Director Stephanie Howard wants the community to come watch and read media that do not reflect our community needs.  

What kind of content will the library director allow going forward if they do indeed build these expansion meeting rooms?  

Are the meeting rooms going to be allowed to hold Drag Queen Story Hours? How about Satanic group meetings? Witchcraft meetingsLGBTQ + meetings to educate our youth on sex change operations? Or maybe a Man/ Boy Love Group to discuss the book Lawn Boy? (see this video on that book)

Citizens, we sure hope you understand the fact that it’s not as simple as some think, when they say things like this: 

"You don’t like it, then just don’t go.” Or "If you don’t want to read it, don’t read it."

As stated before, having books and movies available for people to choose of their own free will to check out and view in the privacy of their own home is a totally different issue than the Library becoming the sponsor and pusher of immorality.

COTU indeed believes in freedom and our first amendment. But our tax dollars should not be pushing or sponsoring evil.

Shouldn't our tax supported Library reflect the morality and values of the community they serve?  Has our community now become fine with evil agendas?  Having banned books or R rated movies on the shelf is indeed Freedom… but sponsoring and pushing citizens to choose them is immoral. 

Our tax supported library is here to serve our appropriate educational needs. It should not be pushing a questionable or controversial agenda. The library should not be funded by our mandated tax dollars to promote the liberal American Library Associations political agenda of corrupting our community with filth. 

Let's all remember that one of the goals of Marxism is to destroy Godly family values. Let’s not aid and abet that through our tax supported library please. 

The next Library Board Meeting  which allows public comment is to be held on November 18th at 6pm, 105 Commons Way, Central, SC at the Central-Clemson Library

Here is Stephanie Howard, Library Director's email: showard@pcls.fyi

Here is Dennis Latham, the Library Chairman's email: dennislatham@gmail.com

Here is how to get in contact with our County Council via email: https://www.co.pickens.sc.us/government/county_council/index.php




Monday, September 20, 2021

Is Our County Council Evil Or Just Slightly Bent & Very Twisted?

Pickens County Council just recently voted to bypass the SC law on the books of a 5.3 mil maximum increase and raise our property taxes to  9.9 mils! 

Chairman Chris Bowers, Councilmen Henry Wilson, Ensley Feemster, Trey Whitehurst, and Vice Chairman Roy Costner all voted in favor of skirting the SC state law that only allows only a 5.3 mil maximum. Councilman Alex Saitta was the only one voting against it.  

Doesn't this sneaky deal sound  like something Snideley Whiplash would do in the old cartoon series on TV, The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show segment named "Dudley Do-Right Of The Mounties"

The point is folks, yes, our roads are in horrible shape. BUT what is the best solution, or the "DO-RIGHT" solution? Raise our property taxes exponentially?  I don't think most taxpayers have that opinion. Especially in today's economic climate. 

And to add insult to injury, this council did their "Snideley Whiplash" impression with no transparency ahead of time! Regular taxpayers had no  input into whether this solution was good or not, because they didn't tell us about it ahead of time.  How can you complain about what you don't know? All we knew going into the 3rd reading was that the plan was to have a revenue neutral mil increase to replace the illegal road user fee that they have been collecting. 

Remember folks, this isn't the first time they've gone behind our backs. They just recently voted to change the no alcohol sales on county property with NO ahead of time transparency, and it wasn't even listed on their agenda!  This council is definitely showing us, they don't really want you to know ahead of time what they are planning. Remember the time they all went to Germany on our dime without you knowing ahead of time?

Folks, we better get our council employees reigned in! The bridle is loose!  Where's Dudley Do-Right when we need him? Conservatives of the Upstate need to step up to the plate and demand they stop acting like Snideley Whiplash! 

The plan wasn't put out there until the THIRD and FINAL reading!  Before that night, all the citizens thought the tax hike would be a revenue neutral proposal to offset the fact council had to stop collecting a $20 per vehicle road user fee. So basically, what we have now, is a council deciding to replace an illegal fee with another questionable shady backdoor deal that doesn't just replace that revenue but increases it by 300%. 

How you may ask, did they do this? IMHO, the Administrator Ken Roper, (who is a lawyer) and our hired county lawyer, Les Hendricks found the loophole and  cooked up this questionable proposal  and presented at the last reading. Lawyers are notorious for looking for loopholes. 

Point is folks, the majority of our present County Council want to justify everything they spend as a "need" and an "emergency situation". In reality, they are too lazy to actually look within the budget and find alternatives to taxing us more. It really doesn't matter what the costs of paving county roads are. There are LEGAL limits as to what you can raise taxes for and how much you can raise them. That's law. That's the rules! This council with two lawyers that have their ears can justify spending unlimited amounts of any need, want, or dream- but the LAW has limits in place to restrict corruption as much as we can. Doing this huge tax hike sets precedent for corruption of every other spending limit! 

Over 50 people showed up at the Committee of the Whole meeting last night, Monday, Sept 20 and stayed hoping the Chairman would suspend the rules and allow public input about their shenanigans. NOPE, it didn't happen. Actually he snubbed his nose at everyone and just wanted to say the agenda was posted on line in accordance with the laws and he was not required to do anything else.

So what do we do now?

SHOW UP AT THE MONDAY OCT 4th meeting 6:30 pm and bring your neighbors, your church members, your family, and friends who are also angry about this major tax hike! 

Sign up to speak during public forum time. You'll have 3 minutes to plead your case as to why you oppose this tax hike and want it repealed. LET YOUR EMPLOYEES KNOW you have the power to fire them come election time. 

We need to convince 3 more councilman to join forces with Alex Saitta and overturn this tax hike! It's a mountain to climb...are you up for it? And if they don't!  KICK THEM OUT NEXT ELECTION CYCLE and vote for someone who will repeal this major tax hike. 

 

Friday, September 17, 2021

Shady Tactics Tax Hike Anyone?

Councilman Alex Saitta explains what county council did with this new replacement tax hike to replace the illegal $20 user fee they were collecting...

If the legal millage cap was 5.3 mills, how did the Pickens County Council raise the property taxes a record amount of 9.9 mills?

I voted "No" for a variety of reasons and this was just another one one on my list. Let me explain how they got around the millage cap. 

SC State law 6-1-320 caps the annual tax increase to 5.3 mills. There are a few exemptions to the cap, which deal with emergencies or unusual circumstances. Specifically, there is a small exemption that says the council can raise taxes more than the legal cap to “maintain a reserve account” . 

The purpose of this exemption is for situations like the county gets hit with a big expense, it doesn’t have a cash reserve, and it has to borrow to plug the gap. So the county doesn’t get caught short again, the next year it can raise taxes above the cap to fund a reserve for such emergencies in the future. 

The county general account (which taxes were raised about 10 mills), has about $23 million in it that is not promised nor needed for cash flow purposes. It is a massive excess or reserve by anyone’s definition. 

Expenses paid from the operations account are things like roads, personnel, solid waste and EMS. If the expenses of any of these departments run over budget, they tap into the $23 million excess sitting in the operations account. They don’t need separate reserve accounts for each department. It is kind of like your car. The one spare serves as the spare for all 4 tires. You don’t need nor would want to drive around with the complication of 4 spares, one for each tire. 

If the true aim was solely to create a dedicated reserve account for roads inside the general account, they could have moved $3 million over from the $23 million in cash without the extra tax hike.  

I think the reason they created this unnecessary reserve account within a massive reserve was to get around the cap. If you look at the first and second readings and the other options at third reading, a reserve was not created. It was only created in the options that blew past the 5.3 mill cap. Creating this additional reserve account, in the minds of the legal staff allowed the council to blow past the millage cap in order “to maintain a reserve”. I saw it as a legal scheme or maneuver to get around the cap. Not what I'm about. 

Think about it... Using that logic, next year they could create a separate reserve account for the EMS department, inside the operations account. Again, this would allow them to blow past the millage cap in order to fund it. 

The following year they could create another reserve account, this time for solid waste. Then they could blow past the millage cap again in order to “maintain that reserve account”. 

In my mind this approach of creating a reserve account within a reserve account to get around the cap violated the purpose or intent of the millage cap law, which had exceptions for emergency situations. No emergency here. 

Think about this as well. The $23 million they already had in reserve in the operations account was due to over collection of taxes. Evidently $23 million wasn't enough. So another reserve account was created and they reached above the millage cap of 5.3, raised it 9.9 mills and took even more from the public. Now they have $26 million in reserves. Swimming in cash. There was no emergency here to warrant blowing past the millage cap. 


Monday, September 13, 2021

My Child, Their Education, MY CHOICE

 


Do you believe a child's education should be a parent's choice?


If you do, then text the word “Choice” to 8448443477 and you can join the movement to ensure the local school board understands YOU are their boss.

By texting “Choice” to 8448443477 you will automatically be informed of a petition that already has nearly 5,000 signatures that you can sign. You will be notified periodically of any further action needed and the date, time and place for a massive Parent/Concerned citizen MY CHILD, THEIR EDUCATION, MY CHOICE Rally.

If you want to be a TEAM LEADER in this movement whose job is to recruit 10 more members to this movement and receive a free T-shirt please contact Johnnelle Raines @ 704-860-0648 for more information.

Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Pickens County Council September 13, 2021 Meeting Announced



KEY DECISIONS BEING DISCUSSED

*Monday September 13th, 6:30pm*
Inside Auditorium at Administration Facility
222 McDaniel Ave, Pickens, SC 29671

Agenda Item 11
PUBLIC HEARING AND THIRD READING OF AN ORDINANCE NO. 602 REPEALING
ORDINANCE #s 295, 332, 365, AND 373 (THE ROAD USER FEE ORDINANCES) AND
AMENDING ORDINANCE No. 599 (THE FY 22 BUDGET ORDINANCE) SO AS TO PROVIDE
FOR A LEVY OF TAXES TO OFFSET THE LOSS OF REVENUE FROM THE REPEAL OF
SAID ROAD USER FEE ORDINANCES, AND MATTERS RELATED THERETO.

Agenda Item 13
DISCUSSION OF COUNTY MASK REQUIREMENTS

Agenda Item 14D
CONSIDERATION OF REQUEST FROM LIBRARY BOARD FOR EXPANSION
PLANS FOR HAMPTON LIBRARY

Our Stances:

Road user fee was declared illegal by the SC Courts, where's our refund? So now they are punishing you for their illegal plundering. Raising property taxes is never a good thing. We already pay enough extra taxes for roads at the gas pump that our state is sitting on. 

Mask should always be optional not mandatory. No proof of their effectiveness is proven. In fact, there are studies that show how masks do more harm than good.

Council should deny any request for more funding for the library, until the library adheres to SC state law requirements of our libraries being educational. Our libraries must adhere to their mission statement of providing "appropriate" materials and quit promoting viewing of "inappropriate" movies inside our tax supported libraries.

Please show up and speak at public forum time. If not you, then who? They are YOUR employees, they need your input! When the boss is away...the employees play... and they play with your money and your freedoms. Show up. Speak up.

Friday, September 3, 2021

Important Message From Pastor Mark Burns



IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM PASTOR MARK BURNS:

"We Parents SHOULD have the RIGHT to choose what's best for our children. 

We MUST organize and have a plan of action to force the Pickens County School Board and or even the State Capitol to Listen to us.  

One way to do that is to hold a massive "PARENTS RIGHT TO CHOOSE RALLY." 

There are currently 2.1k members of the SDPC Parents Against Virtual Learning Facebook Group. Surely we can get a massive crowd of concerned parents to attend!

I'm hosting a pre-Planning meeting before we schedule the date and time of the rally: If you are interested in helping plan the rally, please join me:

Friday, Sept. 10th 
Silver Bay Restaurant in Easley, SC at 7 pm.

Invite EVERY Pickens County Parent you know, who's Against Virtual Learning to this meeting. 

Also, ask them to text the word CHOICE to the number 844-844-3477 to STAY INFORMED and GET UPDATES. 

There is POWER IN NUMBERS and WE CAN DO THIS TOGETHER!!!! 

TAKE BACK OUR RIGHTS! 

Please let me know if you plan to attend the Rally Planning meeting and the solutions we request from the School Board.