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Thursday, April 10, 2014

School Board Election Issue: Accreditation

Election Issue: Will Pickens County Lose Accreditation Because Of The School Board

On April 9, 2014 ... AdvancED granted full accreditation to the School District Of Pickens County.

Outside Influences from Easley, made the issue of losing accreditation a hot topic during the recent Liberty School Board election. The group went as far as to say that only one candidate, the candidate they endorsed would be able to save accreditation. The group also claimed that a 7th school board member would also help "alleviate problems on the board" and help with receiving accreditation.

I suppose, none of that's was true ... but WE knew that all along right?

Friday, April 4, 2014

SC State Lawmakers Proposing 1¢ EXTRA Sales Tax

In case you didn’t feel taxed enough, some lawmakers in South Carolina are asking to be able to add a sales tax to pay for school construction projects.

Hold on. I thought SC had a Republican majority? Don’t they want to advance bills that would eliminate Obamacare, Common Core, abortion and reduce the size of government?

Well, not really. The most important thing for the majority of Republicans in this state to do is find ways to tax the middle class for their pet projects.

According to theState, the Senate Finance Committee advanced a bill Tuesday, sponsored by state Sen. Harvey Peeler, R-Cherokee, that would allow school districts in all of the state’s 46 counties to ask voters to approve a 1-cent sales tax for building projects.

Currently only two counties – Horry and Charleston – now collect the 1-cent-on-the-dollar tax (cleverly called a “penny” tax). The tax can be imposed for no more than 15 years before voters must be asked to re-authorize it (yeah right).

Under the current law, in which a county where a  school district operates must raise $7 million in accommodations taxes, imposed on vacation and other temporary rental properties, before it can ask voters to approve the sales tax for education, causes a disadvantage to counties that don’t have tourist attractions. Peeler said an advantage is given to school districts in Charleston and Horry counties.

“I wanted Cherokee County to be able to enjoy what Charleston and Horry counties have been enjoying for years,” said Peeler, the Senate’s majority leader. “We don’t have a beach. We don’t have an ocean. We do have a ‘Yellow Mall,’” he said, referring to the name locals use for Gaffney’s outlet mall.

The Senate Finance Committee advanced the bill on Tuesday. But a fellow Republican, Sen. Kevin Bryant of Anderson, objected to the bill, making its road to passage tougher.

Bryant said the people who will benefit from the additional sales tax will push it, while “the poor fellow trying to find a couple of extra pennies in his pocket is at an unfair advantage. That’s why I’m against all these tax increases.”

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Was The Vote On Spending Legal In The Pickens County School District While Liberty School Board Seat Was Vacant?

Over the past few months, the Pickens County School Board has voted on nearly $14 million in improvement spending for schools. The money was taken from the general fund budget and from an interest account, exhausting an extra funds the district has.

According to Article X: Section V of the SC State Constitution, this appears to be a violation of constitutional duty. Liberty Board Trustee, Ben Trotter resigned in November of 2013. Immediately following his resignation, the School District Of Pickens County [SDPC] Board began to vote on spending tax collected money ~ money that would have to be made up BY COLLECTING more tax to replace it as the funding would actually put SDPC into the red for the 2014-2015 year.

By Trotter not representing the citizens of Liberty, the vote on spending and therefore new tax collection appears to have been illegal.

SECTION 5. No tax without consent; taxes to be levied in pursuance of law.
No tax, subsidy or charge shall be established, fixed, laid or levied, under any pretext whatsoever, without the consent of the people or their representatives lawfully assembled. Any tax which shall be levied shall distinctly state the public purpose to which the proceeds of the tax shall be applied.