Tax revolt coming soon
I predict there will be a major revolt very shortly on the part of many Sun City residents. I just received my first property tax bill for 2007. It is for land only, and does not include the home. This tiny bit of property requires me to pay $1,100 in taxes by Jan. 15, 2008.
For 25 years I lived in the Raintree subdivision of Charlotte, on a half acre of land, a home of 3,100 square feet, and paid a combined city/county tax of $2,500. I can only guess what Lancaster County will ascess me next year with just a 1,919 square-foot home.
As for my monthly water bill, it is averaging twice the amount each month that I paid in Charlotte. Even without a drought, I rarely water the lawn and never the cars. This new community is a windfall to the county but we are being skinned alive for our presence here! I demand a few justifiable explanations please!
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Neighbors must have oases
Obviously, we are in an extreme drought. Restrictions now ban lawn watering. At our house, we've lost several bushes and plants. Our lawn has died. Only the crabgrass remains.
Georgia and North Carolina speak of water rationing. However, I remain confident of our situation here in Rock Hill. I live among the oases. Lush, thick green fields of grass still exist here, between the dead and the dying.
Much has been said in the news about neighbors turning in neighbors for suspected abuses of the watering restrictions. That's unnecessary. If enforcement were truly a priority, a simple "drive-through" would accomplish the mission. Green grass equals a citation. You don't even have to get out of the car!
I have an alternative to the tattletale approach. When we run completely out of water, I plan to drop by the oases in the morning to fill my coffee pot, and then later on for my shower. They must have plenty of water there!
As I drink coffee and bathe daily, I'll ring the bell of my even-numbered neighbors with lush lawns on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. I'll have my towel over my shoulder, coffee pot in hand, on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays when dropping by the odd-numbered estates. Sundays are reserved. Coffee is take-out after church. Showers are deferred until Monday.
This plan can be adopted throughout the Southeast. Those who have these seemingly unlimited water supplies can open their oases, like the Bedouin, to us desert nomads with dead lawns.
Daniel P. Reimer
Many supported boxing show
The Rock Hill Boxing Club, a non-profit 501C3 organization, wants to thank the many people who helped make our recent boxing show a success. It was a very successful show and we are grateful to the people who were responsible for that.
Rock Hill Boxing Club, Inc.