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Columns

  • Musco column: New affordable way to create town perfect for IL

    There have been many suggestions that a town of Indian Land can’t be run on a budget of under $8 million per year. I understand how people with a long history around bloated government bureaucracies would believe that’s impossible. However, they are either unaware (or don’t want to admit) that there is a new way to create towns that breaks the traditional mold.

  • See column: Why I’m voting no on town

    After careful research, these are my reasons for voting no/opposed to incorporating the Panhandle of Lancaster County to be a 58-square-mile town of Indian Land.
    • The proposed area to be incorporated is way too large, encompassing 40 square miles of farmland. Incorporation of that large of an area of rural farmland puts it in jeopardy, as agricultural protections under S.C. Chapter 46 do not apply in incorporated areas.

  • Delfausse column: To be a town or not – you decide

    To be or not to be a town. That is the question.
    Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of the “status quo,” or to take action against a sea of troubles, and by opposing – end them?
    My journey started almost 10 years ago before my retirement. Way back then, I was already concerned about the number of lights being put up at intersections along U.S. 521.

  • Connor column: Don’t be fooled by VTIL rhetoric

    Don’t let VTIL fool you into incorporating, Indian Land.
    Voters for a Town of Indian Land is trying to pit you and everyone else in Indian Land against the county of Lancaster to get you to vote for incorporation. They’re using terms like Indian Land is the cash cow for Lancaster, and saying Indian Land gets nothing from Lancaster.
    It should be common sense that an area that probably is more densely populated with probably higher home values than any other in the county, will pay more in taxes. That does not make the other areas less deserving.

  • McCusker column: Why have political powers fought against town of IL?

    Over the last few months, we’ve seen quite a few county politicians and local leaders voice opposition to Indian Land becoming a town.

  • Lombard column: Property values increase unlikely

    I recently heard that the proponents for incorporation (VTIL) have been touting a significant increase in property values as a benefit of incorporation.
    As I hadn’t heard why this would occur, I decided to do a little checking. Google searches led to multiple articles, but one online commentary (from Indiana) appeared to sum it up nicely, “Increased real estate values and marketability, as more improvements and urban utilities are made available.”

  • Threatt column: Last chance for IL to control its destiny – vote yes

    My name is Melvin Threatt. A few years ago, I was chairman of the Planning Commission for Lancaster County, so I understand how decisions are made about growth in Lancaster County.
    The citizens of Indian Land have a great opportunity to decide its destiny March 27 at the voting polls.

  • Sudler column: After much study, we’ll vote yes on town of Indian Land

    We recently moved to Sun City Carolina Lakes. We were surprised to learn that the “Indian Land” we heard about so often was not a town, but a name used to describe the area of Lancaster County where our home was located.
    We were surprised that such a large developed area was not a town – like Fort Mill, Rock Hill or even Waxhaw. Instead, it is governed by Lancaster County.

  • See column: Let’s look at IL town vote through lens of our history

    With Indian Land and the Panhandle growing so rapidly, it is now home to many newcomers from all over the country.
    I am constantly meeting transplants from the Midwest and Northeast. They have a lot of questions about this incorporation vote on March 27, and they don’t know a lot about the history of our region.

  • See column: VTIL’s case is all ‘glittering generalities’

    I’m a New Jersey native who retired and moved to Indian Land in 2014.
    After looking in York, Union and Mecklenburg counties, I finally decided on settling here in Indian Land. I found a thriving community with all the services my family needed, but less government and taxes than the other three counties offered.