Low taxes in Aiken County a problem for some

By: Travis Ragsdale Email
By: Travis Ragsdale Email

Thursday, July 31, 2014

AIKEN COUNTY, S.C. (WRDW) – Some living in Aiken County say that the low property tax rate experienced by the county may be more of a curse than a blessing. At the Curiosity shop in Graniteville, owner John Heaton has seen the ups and downs through economic struggle.

“The county has never really at the long picture,” Heaton said. “It's always been a stop gap.”

It’s an age-old battle: Raise taxes and use the revenue for improvements in infrastructure and investment in the community or keep taxes low and leave more money in the pockets of the taxpayer.

For Aiken County recently, the decision has been to leave more money in the pocket of the tax payer. For some though, they say that’s a problem.

“Nobody likes to pay taxes but people like to have streets to drive on, people like to have clean water to drink,” Heaton said.

Aiken County has one of the lowest property tax rates in the state and some said it’s a problem. Heaton said the money should go back into the schools.

“If we expect to see economic growth in Aiken, we've got to have a school system to draw people here,” Heaton said.

A penny sales tax option will be on the November ballot that would use one cent out of every dollar and invest it back in the school system.

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