With the good news that Volvo is coming to the Lowcountry, we all need to take a good long look at how to handle the growth. Are the people of Berkeley County ready to work together to make this the best situation it can be? State and local governments have promised a $204 million incentive package — $120 million of that is expected to come from state bonds.
Government officials understand that the bonds are an important investment for the future of our community. However, we have to understand that the promising growth in jobs, homes, and businesses will come with added infrastructure needs.
Have impact fees been figured into the mix? Will we need another school bond referendum to raise money for the added growth that will assuredly burden our school district? Will these same local and state representatives support the additional funding that schools will need? Or will divisive influences attack our district once again?
Dedicated, hardworking school district officials went to bat for the students, seeking the necessary funding to alleviate overcrowding and meet the needs of the growing district. After all, it is their job to provide for the educational needs of the students.
However, these educators became targets of a campaign to bring them down one by one. Some of these public servants are gone, and many more are ready to leave.
They are fed up with having to beg for crumbs from the political table to provide for the children of our county. To add insult to injury, they are punished for this effort.
So we are left to ask: How will Berkeley County handle the effects of the inevitable growth that will come with Volvo? United growth or divided political factions? Remember, united we stand, divided we fall.
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