A quick look at Columbia County’s District 3 Commission race shows some troubling signs. Incumbent Charles Allen has invested in campaign signs with the heading “Repeal the Rain Tax” or a message to that effect. His opponent, Butch Holley, has insinuated Allen is stupid and dishonest because Columbia County doesn’t have a rain tax; it has a storm water utility fee. If no rain tax exists in Columbia County, then why is former Commissioner Frank Spears known as the “Rain Tax Man”?
Holley reminds us of a former Georgia Governor, a Democrat, who promised not to raise taxes. Suddenly citizens of the State were paying more for fees, like hunting, fishing and drivers licenses. The Governor stuck to his promise, however the results were the same as raising taxes. More money went from the taxpayers pockets to the government coffers.
We haven’t heard Allen’s proposal to eliminate the rain tax (fee), but we have discussed a few options for the county. What if we don’t build a swimming pool for members of the YMCA; what if we hadn’t built a State Patrol Station; what if we hadn’t bought half of Marshall Square? We might have enough to really work on solving the storm water runoff issues in Columbia County. Columbia County might not be the defendants in another lawsuit filed by Jones Creek. What if we held the builders and developers who are causing the biggest of the problems accountable for their actions?
We might point out that Holley has also publicly supported the TSPLOST (a tax). We haven’t heard Allen speak on that matter, however we do remember Allen campaigning four years ago on freezing property taxes. That didn’t work out too good, because most of the recent increases in property valuations by the county appear to be in District 3. We think the other commissioners are ganging up on Charles Allen and hoping for his ouster. District 1 Commissioner (Bankster) Ron Thigpen, and District 2 Commissioner (not totally truthful) Trey Allen were licking the butt cheeks of Chairman Ron Cross months before his reelection bid two years ago. Where are they now?
Beware of politicians who claim to be conservative but support taking more of your money. We call them RINOs. Columbia County is overflowing with them.