Exercise your right to vote


Michelle Long - Contributing Columnist



Election Day. Whether the words fill you with excitement or dread, it happens Tuesday. Some of you have voted early, but the rest of you will go to your designated polling place sometime Tuesday and act on some important decisions.

Whatever your political position, I urge you all to take part in this very important right that is ours.

Not only do we have national and state positions on the line, but local as well. While not a person or a party, there is a very important issue up for vote in Newberry County.

It is that of the Capital Project Sales Tax referendum. All voters in Newberry County will have an opportunity to vote to continue to have all people who make purchases in the county, keep a one cent sales tax to benefit all of its citizens.

What are the facts? This tax is not new. Visitors to our establishments have been paying this tax right along with us since 1999.

Yes, people traveling through our county who fill up their cars with gas, make purchases at any of our stores, and dine in our restaurants will continue to help pay for upgrades and new facilities for the betterment of Newberry County’s citizens. It makes sense to have non-citizens help us pay for improvements.

Should this referendum not pass, some of the projects will almost certainly not occur; however, the upgrades that are necessary will still have to be funded, and the funds will then need to come from citizens alone. So long to the help from the many visitors who contribute for our benefit.

If you would like further information, contact us so that we can direct you to the publications that will help you make an informed decision.

Reach us at 803-276-4274 or visit us at 1209 Caldwell Street in downtown Newberry.

It is important to know of the projects that have been completed due to the penny sales tax and of the projects that are included in this referendum.

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Michelle Long

Contributing Columnist

Michelle Long is executive director of the Newberry Chamber of Commerce. Contact her at michelle@newberrycounty.org.

Michelle Long is executive director of the Newberry Chamber of Commerce. Contact her at michelle@newberrycounty.org.

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