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Sales tax BALLOT you will read in voting booth

Click on BALLOT to read the 16 pages that the county does not want you to read in the voting booth.


This is a rundown of the ballot you are to read in the voting booth. The only place you can find it is embedded in the "penny for progress" website. The County will not post it.

1. If passed, a $150 million bond will be sold backed not by sales tax but by property tax is stated in South Carolina law.

2. They say it's for infrastructure but the Merrian-Webster Dictionary states: infrastructure is the basic physical and organizational structures and facilities (e.g., buildings, roads, and power supplies) needed for the operation of a society or enterprise.

a. Roads: They have allowed $178 million for roads. Of this about $25 million is going for county dirt roads to be paved. The County cannot maintain the existing paved county roads but want to pave more. The County wants to resurface county maintained roads for about $6.0 million. To get the Cities and Towns behind them they will spend about $10 million on their roads. This leaves about $137 million to pave and repair State maintained roads that the State should take care of. Therefore Lexington County taxpayers will give the State their tax money to pave Lexington State maintained roads. This leaves the State more money for all the other counties. The total cost for roads is about $178 million to the taxpayers.

b. $6.14 million for the city of Cayce to repair their storm drains at county taxpayer expense.

$15.6 million for Cities and Towns; sidewalks, bike and hiking trails at county taxpayer expense.

c. Buildings: About $21 million for Cities and Towns Pet Projects.

Lexington County infrastructure; Lexington County's West Region Service Center (including Sheriff, EMS and Magistrate). The cost for this building is about $3.25 million which the county has more than enough in their (slush fund) reserve fund to build this. This is the only county building in this category. The rest are for Cities and Towns pet Projects (baseball complex, rec buildings. parks,playgrounds....ETC).

Lexington County, S.C. – which is attempting to raise sales and property taxes on its residents via a public referendum this fall – is sitting on $75.7 million in unspent funds. That’s up by nearly $10 million from the previous year.

You will notice on the bottom of the last page on the BALLOT:
And must Lexington County be authorized to issue not to exceed $150,000,000 aggregate principal amount general obligation bonds of Lexington County, secured by the full faith, credit and taxing power of Lexington County; a sufficient ad valorem tax (PROPERTY TAX) shall be imposed on all taxable property in Lexington County for the payment thereof?


This is a tax and spend, voting buying, socialist bond that is part of Agenda 21. The taxpayer will be paying more sales tax, more property tax to fund mostly State maintained roads and Cities and Towns wish list (pet projects for vote buying).

Latest Letter to Editors

You have to pass the sales tax to know whats in it.

County Council wants you have to pass the sales tax to know whats in it. I guess they learned this trick from Nancy Pelosi and they do act like Democrats (tax and spend) but say they are Republicans. They say it's for infrastructure but the Merrian-Webster Dictionary states: infrastructure is the basic physical and organizational structures and facilities (e.g., buildings, roads, and power supplies) needed for the operation of a society or enterprise. They are calling infrastructure a $12 million soccer and volleyball complex on Hwy 321, Chapin would get a $4 million community center; Lexington would get a $5 million baseball complex. Springdale would get an $8.8 million municipal complex. And there’s the $7.4 million walking path along the Saluda River. Lexington County Administrator Joe Mergo calls the tax "a tool in the toolbox." The County Council is not acting as an advocate for the penny, but offering it to voters as a choice, Mergo says. If they did not want to raise taxes, they would have never offered it in the first place.

County Council wants you to vote to raise the sales tax for 8 years, but then it could be renewed again. Instead of paying as you collect, they want to borrow some the money up front with $150 million in Bonds. The only catch with this route is that the bonds can not be borrowed against the sales tax, but must be backed by property tax (state law). If the economy goes bad, then they would increase property taxes on your home by law as you would have voted for them to do.

All the Lexington County Council knows how to do is tax and spend. I guess they have merged with the Democrats just like all the Republicans in the Statehouse have done. The State Legislators could have used the extra funds this year for roads instead of pet projects, but what do you expect from the majority of RINO legislators. Do you really want to vote for more taxes? When will it stop? NEVER

David Whetsell

Lexington, SC 29073


Lexington County Council wants to act like their Democrat Richland County Council buddies (there is not a tax they did not like). They want to raise taxes to buy campaign funds from their big business lobbyists. They gave Alliance Consulting Engineers (ACE) of Columbia more than $450,000 in taxpayer money , without bidding, to find ways to spend our tax money. The Council even appointed a group of business leaders (Chamber of Commerce) to help them find hundreds of ways to spend our money.

They have tried to make it look like they are going to give us tax relief on our property taxes. The deal is to give us 1 or 2 mills (about $20.00 per $100,000.00 of property value) of relief on county property taxes, but the next year they will put it back on us. The County Council will have to increase property taxes every year to hire more people and maintain all the pet projects they will build with our tax money. They have adopted the Democratic platform of raise taxes every year to spend more. Lexington County Council tells us it is a real good trade for a one cent on the dollar increase as it will generate them about $38 million dollars a year (about $500.00 more a year in taxes per household). The best part of their joke on the taxpayers is "it will only be for 8 years". I hear them laughing all the way to their backroom good old boy vote buying meetings.

The only thing you can call this penny sales tax; it is the largest tax increase in Lexington County since Home Rule was given to them in 1975. They think you may pass this instead of a large property tax increase. Property tax is the most evil tax ever imposed on South Carolina citizens. It is not based on your ability to pay but how much the assessor is told to put on you by the greedy, democrat acting, Republican (RINO) County Council. You never own your property, all you have to do is not pay your property taxes and you will find it on the county auction block to get their vote buying money.

Call your County Council Representative today. Tell them you do not want the largest tax increase since Home Rule was given to them in 1975.

David Whetsell


County Council Members

District 1 - Pelion, Gaston, Swansea, Sandy Run, Parts of Edmund and Fairview
Council Member: James E. "Jim" Kinard, Jr.
Term Expires: December 31, 2016
Occupation: Banker
Mailing Address: 515 Basil Road
Swansea, SC 29160
Telephone: 568-2573 – Home
FAX: 785-8101

District 2 - Gilbert, Summit, Batesburg-Leesville, Western Lake Murray and Part of Fairview
Council Member: Dr. Frank J. Townsend, III
Term Expires: December 31, 2014
Occupation: Pastor, Concord Baptist Church
Mailing Address: 6915 Fairview Road
Batesburg, SC 29006
Telephone: 800-1766
FAX: 785-8101

District 3 - Part of Lexington and Lake Murray
Council Member: Kent Collins
Term Expires: December 31, 2016
Occupation: Self Employed - Attorney
Mailing Address: Kent Collins Law Firm
607 South Lake Drive
Lexington, SC 29072
Telephone: 808-0905 – Office
FAX: 785-8101

District 4 - Springdale, Parts of Lexington and Oak Grove
Council Member: Debra B. "Debbie" Summers
Term Expires: December 31, 2016
Occupation: Harvest Hope Food Bank
Mailing Address: 1132 Swannanoa Dr.
West Columbia, SC 29170
Telephone: 518-6858 - Mobile
791-8619 - Home
FAX: 785-8101

District 5 - Red Bank and South Congaree
Council Member: Bobby C. Keisler
Term Expires: December 31, 2016
Occupation: Self-Employed, K and K Gravedigging
Mailing Address: 163 Gravedigger Road
Lexington, SC 29073
Telephone: 359-6033 – Office
518-6414 - Mobile
FAX: 359-6243

District 6 - Chapin, Parts of Irmo and Lexington
Council Member: Johnny W. Jeffcoat (Chairman)
Term Expires: December 31, 2016
Occupation: Economic and Community Catalyst, Town of Lexington
Mailing Address: 9 Regatta Court
Columbia, SC 29212
Telephone: 509-3089 – Office
781-6522 – Home
FAX: 785-8101

District 7 - Seven Oaks and Part of Irmo
Council Member: Brad Matthews
Term Expires: December 31, 2014
Occupation: Financial Advisor, Edward Jones Investments
Mailing Address: 111 Old Home Place
Columbia, SC 29212
Telephone: 466-5995
FAX: 785-8101

District 8 - West Columbia, Parts of Lexington and Oak Grove
Council Member: William B. "Bill" Banning, Sr.
Term Expires: December 31, 2014
Occupation: Financial Services Representative
Mailing Address: 2109 Beaver Lane
West Columbia, SC 29169
Telephone: 803-661-4822 - Office
791-1379 - Home
FAX: 866-855-2164

District 9 - Cayce, Pine Ridge, Dixiana, Part of Edmund
Council Member: M. Todd Cullum (Vice Chairman)
Term Expires: December 31, 2014
Occupation: Partner in Reeley's Body Shop
Mailing Address: 955 Bruce Road
Cayce, SC 29033
Telephone: 794-6930 – Office
936-0167 - Home

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