A couple of years ago, Supervisor Davis organized a coalition of supporters on County Council. This coalition was comprised of the 2 registered Democrats, Pinckney and Steve Davis, and the 2 Republicans In Name Only, Schurlknight and Call. With the help of this group, the Supervisor completely revamped the Rules of County Council. Under these new Rules, all power and influence was taken from the four Conservative members of the body and bestowed upon the four Liberal members and the Supervisor. As a result, the operation of county government took a turn for the worse.
Each time the Supervisor came up with a scheme to waste taxpayer money, his coalition supported his effort with a 4/4 tie vote. Then, as planned, the Supervisor added his vote to those of the other Liberals and his plan was off and running with a 5/4 decision. For all practical purposes, the 4 Conservatives could just skip the Council meetings and save gas.
Over these years, many Conservative taxpayers have complained that Council should stop wasting taxpayer money and adopt a more controlled process for county government. These taxpayers addressed the individual issues as they arose but, being as the coalition was in complete control, the complaints fell on deaf ears.
After reviewing the situation as a whole, GE&P has decided the solution to this problem is painfully simple, BREAK THE COALITION. If the Supervisor loses one of his votes, he loses the day and he loses the strangle hold he has on our tax dollars.
On the off-chance anyone has forgotten what this coalition has given Berkeley County, allow us to reiterate:
THEY TOOK 29% OF OUR PROPERTY TAX RELIEF RESULTING IN A 20% TAX INCREASE.
THEY CLOSED THE COUNTY GOVERNMENT SATELLITE OFFICES IN GOOSE CREEK RESULTING IN GREAT INCONVENIENCE AND ADDED TRAVEL TIME FOR CITIZENS NEEDING TO CONDUCT COUNTY BUSINESS.
THEY CONFISCATED THE FILOT MONEY EARNED FROM MOUNT HOLLY WHICH BY ALL RIGHTS SHOULD HAVE GONE TO THE SCHOOL DISTRICT. TO DATE, THE SCHOOL DISTRICT HAS LOST APPROXIMATELY 8 MILLION DOLLARS. NOW, THEY ARE PROMOTING A NEW ORDINANCE OUTLINING THE DISTRIBUTION OF FILOT FUNDS WHICH WOULD FURTHER STIP THE SCHOOL DISTRICT OF EXISTING FUNDING. FOLLOWING THE COALITION'S "TRANSPARENCY POLICY", THIRD READING OF THIS ORDINANCE IS THIS MONTH BUT AN OFFICIAL TEXT OF THE NEW LAW IS "UNAVAILABLE".
THEY HAVE USED THE BERKELEY COUNTY WATER AND SANITATION AUTHORITY'S FUND BALANCE AS THEIR PRIVATE SLUSH FUND.
THEY HAVE PLAYED "MUSICAL CHAIRS" WITH THE GOVERNMENT FACILITIES IN MONCKS CORNER, COSTING THE TAXPAYERS MILLIONS OF WASTED DOLLARS.
THEY SPENT 1.6 MILLION DOLLARS ON THE PURCHASE OF THE FAIRGROUND PROPERTY WHICH, BY THEIR OWN ASSESSMENT, IS MORE LAND THAN THEY NEEDED FOR A PROJECT THEY MAY NOT COMPLETE AS ORIGINALLY PLANNED. WHEW! WHAT THE HEY, IT'S ONLY OUR MONEY.
THEY SPENT 2.4 MILLION DOLLARS ON THE HWY. 311 WATERLINE WHICH SERVES LESS THAN 10 CUSTOMERS, ONE OF WHICH IS A MEMBER OF THE COALITION.
AND, THE GENESIS OF ALL THIS DEVILMENT WAS WHEN THIS COALITION REWROTE COUNTY COUNCIL RULES SO THAT THE FOUR CONSERVATIVES ON COUNCIL WOULD HAVE NO INPUT WHATSOEVER INTO THE PROCESS. THIS GOAL WAS ACCOMPLISHED WITH THE INITIAL 4/4 TIE VOTE WITH SUPERVISOR DAVIS CASTING THE DECIDING 5TH VOTE.
It is past time for the taxpayers of Berkeley County to take back our government. We have the opportunity to do just that in the upcoming Republican Primary. The Liberal who now occupies the District 3 chair MUST be removed.
GE&P has interviewed the opposition candidate, Mr. Ken Gunn and we have found him to be just what District 3 and Berkeley County needs. He is a true Conservative. He believes in smaller, transparent government, and the lower taxes that will follow. He is a man of true integrity so there is not one chance in this world that he would be susceptible to a Davis "buy-off". Also, being as he has all those years as a military man, Davis' threats will only garner laughs from Mr. Gunn. Therefore, GE&P encourages the voters of District 3 to cast their votes for Mr. Ken Gunn and give him the opportunity to be our 5th Conservative vote on County Council.