Water and taxes key issues in District 6 election

YORK --Voters in York head to the polls Tuesday to decide who will represent them on City Council for the next four years.

Only the District 6 seat, which includes areas around North Congress and Kings Mountain streets, is up for grabs since other races were uncontested. Mark Boley, a sales manager with Austin Inc., is challenging incumbent Johnny McCoy for the post.

"I haven't had any complaints at all," said McCoy, who has served on council four years and chairs the recreation committee. "Every audit we've had, we're in good financial shape."

But Boley said he's heard plenty of concerns.

"I've talked to a lot of folks," Boley said. "They want better representation."

Boley said residents are concerned about the city's water. Many have told him York's water tastes so bad they spend $200 to $300 a year on bottled water.

McCoy said the council is aware of the problem and is addressing it.

"This council has been working on this issue for several years now," he said, adding that water lines are being extended and upgraded.

Boley spoke to the York Rotary Club on Thursday about how a poor economy could affect York residents.

"Taxes are going to be an important issue because folks have less money to spend," Boley said. "Gas is expensive, costs are going up and incomes are tight."

If re-elected, McCoy said he hopes to continue working on projects such as the wastewater treatment plant and planning for the growth that's expected with the S.C. 5 bypass widening.

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday. The Cotton Belt and Cannon Mill precincts will be combined, but all other polling locations will be open.

The winner will take office on July 1 for a four-year term.

York council members earn $6,000 a year.