Tuesday, September 27, 2011
More than a few BC taxpayers contacted GE&P today with the same really strange story. It seems each went on the BC Government website, went to GIS, and clicked on "Tax Info". On Monday, listed right under the amounts they were being charged for the Fire Fee and the Waste Disposal Fee was their new SWMP Fee of $36. When they consulted the website this morning, their SWMP Fee was listed as $12. Then, (we know you won't believe this one) when they went on the site this afternoon, the SWMP Fee had disappeared. Can you beat that?
Monday, September 26, 2011
TONIGHT, BERKELEY COUNTY COUNCIL VOTED 6 TO 2 AGAINST THE SWMP FEE!!!!!!
GE&P WOULD LIKE TO SAY:
THANK YOU, COUNCILWOMAN DAVIS.
THANK YOU, COUNCILMAN CALLANAN.
THANK YOU, COUNCILMAN FISH.
THANK YOU, COUNCILMAN FARLEY.
THANK YOU, COUNCILMAN DAVIS.
THANK YOU, COUNCILMAN PINCKNEY.
As might be expected, Supervisor Davis pitched a hissy fit when the roll call vote was taken. He announced that he was going to write a letter to DEHEC and tell them the names of the Councilmen who had voted against the Fee. Oooooooooooooooo.
Thursday, September 15, 2011
We thought the taxpayers of BC might be interested in a small piece of news. Your tax bills are all printed and ready for mailing. And, by the way, even though County Council has NOT voted to approve the new SWMP fee, it's included on your bill. Why bother to take a vote now; it's a done deal. We hope our illustrious members of County Council realize just how irrelevant they really are.
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
At the Committee meeting last Monday night, there was a lively discussion between Councilman Fish and Supervisor Dan Davis. Mr. Fish had the audacity to suggest that Mr. Davis planned to use the proposed SWMP Fee for purposes other than those suggested. Mr. Davis, according to the P&C said, "You cannot take that money and use it for other purposes," Davis said. "Let's don't play politics."
Mr. Davis, you took 29% of the LOST money designated for property tax relief and used it for other purposes.
Mr. Davis, you took the FILOT money (realized from Google) that was designated to go to the BC School District and used it for other purposes.
Mr. Davis, you took $10 MILLION from the BCW&SA Fund Balance that was supposed to only be used for BCW&SA projects (according to SC Law) and used it for other purposes.
Mr. Davis, you opted to NOT adjust millage accordingly after reassessment which resulted in higher BC property tax bills and used the additional revenue for other purposes.
Now, we are expected to believe that this leopard has changed his spots? We don't think so.
Mr. Davis, we know what your plan is. You intend to take this additional revenue and apply it to the expenses of existing departments of BC government. These departments are already addressing issues contained in the SWMP permit. This action will free up funds in the general fund for you to apply wherever you please.
Mr. Davis, we are realistic enough to know that you will be successful with this endeavor as you have already bought and paid for enough votes on County Council to do so. But, please do not insult our intelligence with this "Who are you going to believe, me or your lying eyes?" approach.
Friday, September 2, 2011
Thursday, September 1, 2011
If questions to GE&P of late are any example, lots of folks are curious as to what has happened to the effort to repeal the BC Ordinance which governs the distribution of the FILOT Funds. It would appear this effort has slipped from the front burner. Not so fast. GE&P would suggest you keep your eye on the recent Resolution connected to the South Carolina Statewide Multimodal Transportation Plan. You might want to check into just how our FILOT Funds are connected.
We have to remember that DD can juggle more than one ball at the same time. The red flags go up when he makes a concerted effort to draw our attention to what his right hand is doing, SWMP. Caution: Watch that little bitty left hand.
GE&P Editorial Policy:
1. Never print anything as fact without documentation.
2. Always protect our sources.
3. Clearly indicate our personal opinions.
4. Rumors require at least 3 independent sources and are noted as such.
5. Don't release information prematurely.
Today, #5 is giving us a LOT of trouble. GE&P has been given a really delicious piece of information but, for a multitude of reasons, we have been asked not to release these facts at this time. We have the liberty to give you a hint, though. When this information comes to light, DD is going to have a fit that will make a three-year-old jealous.