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    Why Is This Official Keeping Mum about $8.5 Million?




    On September 8th, the Lexington Town Council will vote on a new 2 percent tax on all prepared food in the town. The new tax will increase the tax on prepared food to 9 percent.

    The primary argument for a new “hospitality” tax is that it is the only source of money to address Lexington’s notorious traffic problems. But a recently revealed letter suggests that this may not be true.

    The town has held three public meetings where this issue has been discussed. At all three of these meetings, Councilman Todd Carnes, one of the chief proponents of the tax, has argued that there is no other source of money.

    At all three of these meetings, Lexington County Council Chairman Johnny Jeffcoat was present.

    Fortunately, Rep. Rick Quinn (R-Lexington) gave me a copy of a letter that state Department of Transportation addressed to Jeffcoat on July 9th.

    The letter notified Jeffcoat that the county would be receiving, in addition to its normal disbursement from SCDOT of $4.1 million, an additional $8.5 million. That’s $8.5 million extra that the county was not expecting and couldn’t have had plans for.

    Clearly, this is a possible source of money for roads! One argument to be made against the new tax for road improvements is that the roads slated to be improved don’t belong to the town. They belong to the state. It’s interesting, then, that the July 9th letter to Jeffcoat from SCDOT points out that the $8.5 million must be used only on state roads.

    “The new legislation,” the letters says, “specifies CTCs shall utilize all the non-recurring funds for use on the state-owned secondary road system for paving, rehabilitating, resurfacing, and/or reconstruction, and bridge repair, replacement, or reconstruction. No funds from this allocation shall be used for any road, bridge, or highway that is not part of the state owned system.”

    Seems like a perfect fit. 

    Yet for some reason Jeffcoat has kept the letter quiet. Apparently even some of his fellow city councilors didn’t know about it.  Once I disclosed that I had the letter, I immediately got a request for a copy from a member of the council.  This member apparently had not been given a copy by Jeffcoat.

    Carnes certainly isn’t making it known either.  Not once has he mentioned the extra $8.5 million.  Nor has any other member of the council.

    Why would Jeffcoat and the town council want to keep the letter a secret? Could it be because the town wants both the $8.5 million from SC DOT and the $16 million the new tax would raise?

    At the last town council meeting on August 17th, one town resident specifically pointed out the fact that Lexington County may be getting extra money from SCDOT because he had information that Saluda County was receiving extra money.  Apparently he was not yet aware of the July 9th letter, though I’m sure Jeffcoat and members of town council were.

    After those comments were made, not a single member of town council – including Jeffcoat, who was present – acknowledged what was said.  They simply ignored the comments.

    Then, at the following public information meeting on August 24th, again Carnes emphasi

  • Christine;

    Well said, I agree with most of your points about Putin’s plans and motivations; however I think that his timing is just right considering all the world problems right now. I believe that he is an opportunist rather than impatient. Putin is a Chess master on the world stage, if you can read his actions correctly you will see his next move, but he is also a master at distraction that confuse his apparent aims until after the fact when it is too late to react.

    I believe that you are right in his aim to reunite the Soviet Union again.

    Some people think that war is as Denis Byrne states “War is a failure of diplomacy” he is wrong as Machiavelli, Miyamoto Musashi, Hitler, Stalin, Putin and any other great political analyst/Leader  in the last 5000 years will tell you “War is an extreme extension of political will”  War is made by politicians and fought by soldiers. Here I would recommend reading ‘The Book of Five Rings’ and ‘The Prince’.

  • Christine; you are very right in “both the Nazi Party and Communist Party benefited from the singning of the Versailles Treaty. However, it was not the direct cause of the path both Germany and Russia persued over the years.”

    They did both benefit.  

    Your analysis is very good and accurate, and your comparison between Putin, Hitler and Stalin is also true. I do think there is one error however you said “Putin's problem is he's impatient.” I believe his actions are very timely and possibly he instigated the actions in the Ukraine to “justify” his invasion, it is an opportunity to reunite the USSR in opposition to a weak American President; not impatience, devious plotting. Putin’s opposition to the Missile defense and subsequent surrender of Obama to his demands leads me to believe this.

    God Bless.

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