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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Over-collection Part II: The Nonexistent "Collectibility Index"

I am going to shock all of you with this.

The County Council, School Board, and the municipalities have no right to use a "Collectability Index" of any percent because it is being used to take money from an ignorant public.

First, the people have not taken a proper interest in the day to day operations of the government: ie attending local meetings of the various taxing authorities, attending meetings of the Conservatives of the Upstate, and meetings of the delegation. 

Second, our education system doesn't teach the State Constitution and barely scratches the U.S. Constitution and consequently elected officials do as one county official said at their last meeting, 

"I know this vote is against the SC Constitution, but it is the way things have always been done", 

This official took an oath to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution to the best of his ability. This attitude has led to a great portion of the $200,000,000 being illegally collected. Every taxing authority has experienced a gain nearly every year and either have a slush fund or has spent extra money on their mistakes, which if they had been revealed, none of them would have been re-elected or if they stood for these ridiculous money grabs, would not have been elected in the first place. The Delegation of this County has turned their heads while this was being done to their constituents.

The continue this shell game by hiring a lawyer with our money and say to us that if you want your money refunded, "sue us"

This practice won't stop unless the people of the County revolt in mass against this tyranny. The attitude the elected officials are taking is forget the Constitution, this is our money, and we will do with it as we please. They do not have the right to have this index in their budget at all and they should refund every penny they have taken.

Part 3 coming soon ...

Junius Smith
President Conservatives Of The Upstate

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Town Hall scheduled ...

Residents of the 6th district of Pickens County.  A town hall meeting will be held at the Dacusville Community Center on Thursday, April 27th at 6:30 PM.  

Senator Rex Rice, Representative Davey Hiott, 6th district Councilman Carl Hudson, and School Board member Dr. Henry Wilson will be in attendance. 

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Over-collection: Part I: The 5-8%

Each year for the past 35 to 40 years the County Administrator or the County Financial Officer has chosen an arbitrary percentage of 95 to 98% collectable so as to guarantee that the millage figure chosen yields enough revenue to pay the county bills. There are problems with this thinking. First and foremost is that the County always gets its money one way or the other. If a county citizen does not pay their bills, then they are fined for a period of time, and after so long a period of time, their property is sold, and the money for the taxes and fines goes to the County.

Let's look at how much money this amounts to:

Revenue from personal and property taxes= or > $26,000,000 X 3 %=$ 780,000 owed to the taxpayers for over-collection

$26,000,000 X 5%= $1,300,000 owed to the taxpayers for over-collection

Fines and sales $26,000,000 X 8%= $2,080,000 owed to the taxpayers for over-collection

These figures are estimated, but are very close to what has been happening on a yearly basis. It is not the right of either the Pickens County Council or the District School Board to keep this money for any purpose and should be put in a separate account by the Treasurer for credit or refund on a yearly basis.

The same is true about bond revenue. A huge amount of revenue is over-collected on County and School Board bonds. Where do you think all the extra "savings" are coming from? (This is where the money came from to modify A. R. Lewis) All this over-collecting is coming from accounting percentages and juggling of accounts. Everything that has been said above can be applied to the cities in the County. They all have slush funds that they call "savings". The spending and "savings" off these budget gaffs go up every year, and yet the elected politicians continue to say they haven't raised your taxes. The truth of the matter is that 95% to 98% of us have been paying the taxes of 3 to 5% or giving an extra amount to the county, school board, and municipalities.

There are other methods the politicos are using to over-collect the people's money such as the the protested amounts of taxes during reassessment. We'll cover this topic in the next article to be posted soon.

Junius Smith 
President of Conservatives of the Upstate

Saturday, April 15, 2017

April 2017 COTU Meeting ...

Conservatives Of The Upstate will hold its April 2017 meeting ...

Thursday April 13, 2017 @ 6:30PM

Blue Ridge Bible Church
769 Belle Shoals Rd
Pickens SC 29671

Tax Day fun ...


Wednesday, April 12, 2017

People ...

A tax increase by another name ...


Note that the City Of Liberty picks up recyclables in a significant chunk of the county for both residents and businesses.

The City Of Liberty is raising taxes and fees without a public hearing. (The recyclables pickup portion of your city water bill will not be reduced or removed)

Currently, "a fee" is charged on the City Of Liberty water bill for a certain amount of trash pickup. 

For me, I recycled over half of my trash. Technically, everyone's bill should be reduced by a certain % due to less service provided for said "fee".

In 2010, Members of COTU worked really hard and spoke at multiple County Council meetings to help Liberty avoid the fines the county was going to charge because recycling totals were low. COTU helped expose that it was just a money grab. Obviously, we were right. 

Ever since the announcement that the fines were going to be waived by the County "because they understood", and as prices for recyclables have plummeted, we find out it's less about the environment, and more about the money.

This move will cost FAR MORE in the long run as the landfill will fill at a rate of 5-8 more tons a week!

The full press release by Pickens County:

City of Liberty: New Direction in Recycling

PICKENS, S.C. – The City of Liberty, effective June 1, 2017, is changing the way residents will recycle.  The city will no longer offer curb-side recycling pickup.  Instead, residents are now encouraged to take their recyclable material to the local Recycling Center.  

This positive change will continue to save taxpayers money, benefit the community and environment, and preserve space at the landfill.  Continuing to recycle is beneficial county wide.  Recycled goods bring in revenue for every ton of materials sold.  The sale of tons recycled for the fiscal year 2016 was $397,777.39.  If recyclable materials are thrown into the trash, it costs taxpayers more money to operate landfill facilities that store trash. 

In addition, recycling potentially helps create jobs.  Recycled materials are manufactured into new, usable goods.  This process reinforces and preserves a green environment and conserves natural resources in Pickens County.  

Ultimately, it is imperative residents continue to recycle.  Without cooperation, the benefits the community enjoys will no longer be available.

Recycling Centers & Addresses:

Recycling - Bespac 
2630 Farrs Bridge Road 

Recycling-Chastain Road 
600 Chastain Road 

190 Raxter Drive 

2053 Old Liberty Road 

Highway 178 

Recycling-N. Old Pendleton Road 
205 Anton Dr 

Recycling-Table Rock 
Back Park Road 

Recycling-Willow Springs 
127 Willow Springs Road

Monday, April 10, 2017

Liberalism depends solely on framing politics with vague terminology ...


From Mike Huckabee:

Liberalism depends for its survival on euphemisms. I believe that one reason liberals are such sticklers for politically-correct language is that if everyone went around speaking plainly and bluntly, nobody would ever vote for liberals. For instance, how much support would “common sense gun control” have if it were instead called by the more accurate term, “disarming only law-abiding citizens”? Who would vote for a “proudly pro-choice” politician if he instead had to say, “I support dismembering and killing babies in the womb”? Would terms like “safe space” and “trigger words” be so popular if they were called “stamping out free speech”? 

What are the chances some of our liberal officials who make such impassioned speeches about their “sanctuary cities” would get reelected if they had to tell their constituents what they were really doing, in plain English?

Hey, why don’t I do it for them, and let’s find out?!

Thanks to President Trump’s order that refusals to cooperate with federal immigration authorities be made public, the latest report for just one week in early February shows that 65 criminal illegal immigrants who should have been turned over to ICE for deportation were instead turned loose in “sanctuary cities.” The leader in criminal releases was New York (14), followed by New Mexico (12) and California (11). Some of the crimes that earned them deportation orders: “assault, battery, sexual assault, robbery, DUI, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, domestic violence, weapons charges and the sale or possession of drugs.” And that’s what being a “sanctuary city” really means, Charlie Brown: that people who do that type of stuff and were in police custody under deportation court orders were deliberately released back onto the streets of your town to target you and your family.
Oh, one other liberal policy euphemism: they oppose Trump’s order to release this information, claiming it “stigmatizes immigrants.” That is much smarter politically than saying, “We oppose telling the public the truth about our insane criminal release policies.”

Mike Huckabee