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During the public comment section of the March 5 Creedmoor Board of Commissioners meeting, a citizen (not this writer) requested that the Creedmoor board should raise the current Ad Valorem tax rate to what it was several years ago.
The reasoning behind the request was based upon the need to fix the Joe Peed Road Lift Station problem, which is sure to cost in the $10 million range, if not more. Without the Joe Peed Road Lift Station problem fixed, any further economic development in Creedmoor, beyond the sewer allocation that is currently approved by SGWASA, is sure to come to a screeching halt.
No one wants a tax rate increase. Yet the Ad Valorem tax rates were lowered in 2017 and 2018, which was perceived by many at the time as a political move, rather than a clear indication that the economic activity in Creedmoor had improved. Both the former mayor and the current mayor opposed the tax rate decrease, as those that led the charge did not prove their case. When those that desired a tax rate decrease were describing the proposed tax rate decrease, within the first 50 words there was a concede that if needed, then the tax rate could be increased. This does not prove the need for a tax rate decrease in the first place. The Ad Valorem tax rate does not need to be treated like a “yo-yo.”
Both mayors were proven correct when, within months after voting for a tax rate decrease, those same folks added more spending for projects that were not included in the annual budget. In addition, certain projects in the annual budget were soon discovered to cost significantly more than original projections. Those folks that voted for the tax rate decrease proved that the tax rate decrease did not need to be lowered in the first place.
Come the Creedmoor Commissioner election in November, citizens should take note of the three votes that have continued to spend and spend with no rhyme, reason, or long-term planning of how to spend taxpayer money.
Thomas C. Jackson