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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Results of The Petition Drive by Conservatives Of The Upstate ...

The following is the results of the petition presented to the Pickens County School Board at the April 2015 meeting by Johnnelle Raines:

We the citizens of Pickens County, petition the School District of Pickens County Board of Trustees to vote NO on any property tax millage increase.

We have a grand total of 2,071 signatures. The breakdown is as follows:

The following 1,980 signatures have been verified by address as living in the following city/town

Pickens 630
Easley 566
Six Mile 325
Central 192
Liberty 171

Sunset 31
Marietta 19
Cleveland 12
Clemson 11
Norris 10
Pumpkintown 7
Dacusville 6

We also have 118 more signatures that were acquired at several of the location sites and these people did not put their address information, some did put telephone numbers though.

There are approximately 120,000 people living in Pickens County, so our grand total represents approximately 1.73% of the population that we sampled who DO NOT WANT A MILLAGE TAX INCREASE… Out of those we personally spoke with asking those to sign the petition it is estimated that around 30 said they thought we should raise the taxes or else they would close their child’s school…or they believed teachers needed a raise, or that the children needed more supplies and better technology. Many of those who favored a millage increase either worked in the school system or were related to someone who did or were retired educators themselves. The most common reason for signing the petition was “we are taxed enough already, the school board just needs to budget better.”
It is important for all of you to note that during this petition drive we learned the following:

#1 People have a fear of retribution by the school board or SDPC employees if they signed. And due to that reality we will not be turning the whole list over to the School Board.

#2 People expressed the opinion…”Why sign it...they are just going to go ahead and do what they want to do anyway...they went around us on voting down building all those new schools…so why do you think a petition will help stop a tax hike?”

#3 Senior citizens are in real fear of having to pay more property taxes when they are struggling to make ends meet and are in fear of federal and state taxes going up in the near future as well. Many of the senior citizens lost all of their accumulated retirement money with Carolina Investors. Many are struggling with rising medical costs and simply fear losing their homes due to not being able to pay their taxes.

#4 People are very eager to share they are fed up with the government always wanting to take more money out of their pockets instead of budgeting and cutting excessive waste in government.

#5 The so called Concerned Citizen people who are advocating for more taxes have no clue what the average Pickens County citizen’s hardships are and they seem to think EVERYONE can afford more of a tax burden simply because “THEY” can.

In summary, Conservatives of the Upstate along with Pickens County Taxpayer Association hereby declare that:

 NO tax millage increase should be levied against the will of the Pickens County Citizens.

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