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Letters

  • Sunset Beach tax increase reasons are ringing hollow

    To the editor:

    According to Sunset Beach Town Council, the 53 percent tax rate hike will only cost $180 each year based on a $300,000 assessed property value.

    They failed to mention the $180/year is for the rest of your life. The council is now telling us that $0.02 of the $0.055 increase is to maintain revenue neutrality caused by declining home valuations. However, the council failed to mention the annual $315,000 payment for fire station No. 1 and the town hall renovations are no longer required. This payment savings should have reduced the tax rate by $0.02.

  • All will someday bow to Christ

    To the editor:

    All of us will bow to Christ. But when and where?

    “But you, why do you judge your brother? Or you again, why do you regard your brother with contempt? For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God. For it is written, as I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to Me, and every tongue shall give praise to God.” (Romans 14:10, 11)

  • Sunset Beach events strange

    To the editor:

    As a Sunset Beach resident, I do not attend all council meetings. I don’t enjoy listening to a council that acts like it’s smarter than everyone else. Instead, I read the Beacon and look forward to Rich Cerrato’s Taxpayers’ Digest. Council should do the same to get the truth.

  • Absence of accountability hits home

    To the editor:

    No need to look to Washington to find governmental arrogance and lack of accountability; there is a classic example right here in Brunswick County.

  • Thank you for supporting Lions event

    To the editor:

    The Calabash Lions Club greatly appreciates the generous support for our fundraiser, with all the money being presented to the Boys & Girls Home.

    Our third annual Benefit Ride to the Boys and Girls Home at Lake Waccamaw was a great success thanks to the community, businesses, friends and participants who generously supported the event.

  • Show support for SBHS sports

    To the editor:

    South Brunswick High School’s athletics are a few steps behind the rest of the schools in Brunswick County. I’m not talking about their records, but in terms of the equipment and facilities the teams at South Brunswick have.

  • Hospitals offer no healthful vending choices

    To the editor:

    I had occasion recently to visit two area hospitals. To my dismay, but not surprise, their vending machines offered a vast selection of sugar-filled snacks, candy and sodas.

    I was hard-pressed to find a reasonably healthy choice. One machine I saw offered only sodas — no water or even healthier juice.

    Shame on these hospitals (I’m sure there are others) for not insisting on healthier choices in their vending machines. After all, they are supposed to be “health” institutions.

    Carol DeLude

  • Sunset Beach tax hike proposal indicates poor job

    To the editor:
    I read with shock and dismay that Sunset Beach has spent more money than revenue received in all but one of the last five years. The town is now proposing a 60-percent tax hike. I assume this outrageous increase being proposed will be cut to 30 percent by town council, who will tell the taxpayers what a good job they are doing. A 30-percent increase is not a good job! Continuously spending more than you take in is not a good job. Continuously telling the public that finances are in good shape when obviously they are not is not a good job.

  • Pray for persecuted Christians

    To the editor:

  • Possible tax increase in Sunset Beach should raise serious alarm

    To the editor:
    Last year, Sunset Beach Town Administrator Susan Parker recommended a 31-percent tax rate increase. The council and mayor gave the impression the town’s fiscal problems were not as serious as proclaimed by Parker. To prove this point, not one agenda item was devoted discussing her alarming proposed tax rate increase. Mayor Ron Watts even claimed in the Beacon “the town is financially strong.”