Are the right people included in PRA funding decisions?

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Beaufort County Black Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Larry Holman stands in what will be the ground floor of the organization’s new building in downtown Beaufort on Tuesday, November 7 2017.

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Include black and brown voices

The Beaufort County Black Chamber of Commerce CDFI microcredit programs help create access to capital for businesses that have been denied commercial financing in traditional lending markets.

From my unique perspective, I have seen firsthand the negative impacts of COVID-19 on the businesses and communities we serve, and I am opposed to Beaufort County’s proposed use of Federal funding. American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) for its failure to “fairly provide additional relief to deal with the continuing impact of COVID-19 on the economy, public health, state and local governments, individuals and businesses.” “

The county’s recommendations read like a Christmas wish list from an ARPA task force that did not include any members or organizations representing the county’s black and brown citizens and businesses most affected by COVID-19.

As more funds flow to our state and county, I question the oversight of the use of these federal funds in South Carolina and wonder who will ensure that elected officials are accountable to those who have. most in need of rescue?

A real victory for the citizens and businesses of Beaufort County is not just the passage of historic federal funding bills, but the use and implementation of these funds for the benefit of all of its citizens.

Larry Holman, President and CEO, Beaufort County Black Chamber of Commerce

Too busy for condos

I live about half a mile from the Allison Road redevelopment area, and it’s not the right mix for the Mossy Oaks neighborhood.

It is one of the few affordable areas of the city that remain. Most of the houses are on one level, built in the 1950s, with traditional style and materials.

This is not the right place for upscale condos and townhouses.

Placing them near a very busy street will be a big mistake. There will be nothing desirable in condos and townhouses near a busy road.

Ribaut Road is the only north / south link between Boundary Street and Port Royal (without a bridge). It is a very high volume with a lot of truck, fire engine and ambulance traffic all night long.

I would like the planners of this project to do traffic volume and noise studies. They might be surprised.

Carol M Molten, Beaufort

Why the increase?

Has anyone realized or even wondered why commercial property tax bills have gone up 20%?

I would like to see how the county justifies such an outrageous increase?

Richard Foster, Hilton Head

Why resist the audit?

It is heartbreaking to see the SC Republican Party at war with itself.

Why would the SC GOP try to “kill” a Lexington County GOP-sponsored resolution calling for a full forensic audit of the 2020 election?

Companies have audits every year. Why can’t South Carolina have one that relates to something as precious as our vote?

SC GOP party chairman Drew McKissick said the State Election Commission has already ordered some constituencies to “check” by hand to make sure the total number of votes matched the machine’s tally. This is a recount, not an audit.

No analysis was done to determine if any of these compiled ballots were fraudulent, returned or otherwise manipulated.

Leslie Thorne, Sheldon

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