• Borits letter: Incorporation would take ‘leap of faith’

    To incorporate or not to incorporate? That is the question.
    Analogy: You need to build a house for your family to live in. A contractor that you don’t know and never heard of offers to build you a brand new house.
    The contractor says it will be beautiful and have everything you could  
    possibly want in a home. Leave everything to him, all the planning,  
    materials, designs and location. He’ll bill you afterward because he  
    doesn’t know what the actual price will be. So you give him the go-ahead  

  • Duffy letter: Town taxes likely more than ‘one less dinner out’

    Voters for a Town of Indian Land (VTIL) continue to tout the budget they presented to the legislative committee in Columbia that ruled on their petition to allow a vote for incorporation.
    During the debate, Arthur Guerry, chairman of the committee and an expert on millage rates and budgeting, expressed his strong opinion that the property millage rate would likely need to be 80 mills, if not 110 mills. There was agreement by at least one other committee member that a higher millage rate was more realistic.

  • Thiele letter: Should Sun City residents vote yes or no on IL incorporation?

    Like many of my Sun City Carolina Lakes neighbors, I attended the Voters for a Town of Indian Land informational meeting at the Lodge. I went home thinking that sounds good. Then the next week I attended a No Town of Indian Land meeting. I went home thinking I would be stupid to vote for a town. Let me tell you what the first meeting did not tell you.
    The town of Indian Land would comprise the entire Panhandle of Lancaster County. That includes 58.4 square miles of land, and 40 square miles of that is farmland. Have you ever lived in a town that included farmland?

  • Augustin letter: IL incorporation – ‘vote no, not yet, thanks’

    It was once, but today none of Indian Land remains Indian land.    
    The development horse left the barn. It’s halfway to Hickory, and now we are looking for a bridle.
    Controlling development growth is far easier said than done. The best we might do is put it off for a while. A 58-square-mile area with no core will never be a “small town.”

  • Helms: Important tax deadline coming soon

    An important deadline is approaching for Lancaster County taxpayers – the closing of the county’s 2017 tax books, which takes place on March 16.
    This is an important step in the annual fiscal budgeting process for Lancaster County government, as it allows those who serve on County Council, the school board and town and city councils to determine how much tax revenue they will have to work with as they work to finish their 2018-19 budgets.

  • See column: VTIL ignored VW’s viewpoint on incorporation

    In order to establish an area for incorporation, S.C. law states that there must be a density of 300 people per square mile before incorporation can even be proposed.
    When you have subdivisions such as Sun City, Walnut Creek and Treetops, you can expand the area you are trying to incorporate much farther south because of the density in those neighborhoods.

  • Harris letter: Human nature plays into decision on town of IL

    There are some laws I have not heard discussed regarding the proposed Indian Land incorporation. They are laws of human nature.
    The first is the Law of Unintended Consequences. This law says that no matter how much thinking and planning you do, any activity has unintended consequences. And the more complex the activity, the more unintended consequences will occur.

  • Baust letter: Indian Land is county’s private cash cow

    Your “Devastating fallout” news article (Dec. 27, 2017) made my decision easy. I am voting for the town of Indian Land. I’ve been on the fence about incorporation since I heard about the idea several years ago, but this article confirms what I’ve been hearing from local residents all along – that the rest of Lancaster County sees Indian Land as nothing more than their private cash cow.

  • Meads letter: Here’s an alternative to IL incorporation

    There may be a better alternative to incorporation. What if there was a way to achieve both representation and maintain stable property taxes?
    What percentage of property, business and sales tax revenue does Indian Land generate as compared to the rest of Lancaster County? Is it 60 percent? I am honestly not sure of the exact number, but let’s say for example that 60 percent of the county’s tax revenue is generated within the borders of Indian Land.  

  • Laddy letter: ‘Specious’ arguments on both sides of town issue

    First, I’m absolutely in favor of incorporation of Indian Land. This does not mean that I don’t want to hear both sides of the argument.
    When I attended a “vote yes” meeting in Sun City Carolina Lakes, it was evident that no one from the secretive “vote no” group showed up. Matt McCusker pleaded for some opposition people to speak up. Two residents who were opposed volunteered to speak against.