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To the Editor:

A week ago, I received another expensive multicolor, card stock flyer encouraging me to vote for a 1 penny tax increase for road improvements. The flyer is a disingenuous way to describe a sales tax increase from 6 percent to 7 percent, which is an increase of more than 16 percent increase.

I don't believe that many of us, especially those on a fixed income, have seen a 16 percent increase in our income.

Remember that two years ago, over the veto of the governor, the South Carolina legislature passed a 12-cent per gallon tax increase on gasoline, implemented in 2-cent increments over six years, beginning last July. This will raise the tax on gasoline from 16.75 cents in 2016 to 28.75 cents in 2022 - a 71 percent increase.

Both of these taxes are supposed to be "improving our roads."

Also included in our Beaufort County Vehicle Tax Bill is a "Road Maintenance Fee." I believe we have had enough "road improvement" taxes passed already.

On Nov. 6, vote NO to the 16 percent sales tax increase disguised as a one penny tax. Instead, vote for Beaufort County representatives who will fight for our fair share of the already passed 6 cents a gallon gas tax increase.

After all, as a tourist area, I'm pretty sure Beaufort County has contributed significant "road improvement" tax revenue to the state.

Hank Weiland

Bluffton

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