State tax officials are auditing SCANA and Santee Cooper in what could be a bureaucratic attempt to frustrate even further 1.6 million home and business electricity ratepayers.

They may be looking to assess a sales tax on more than nine years of returns by going back to the first day of the failed nuclear project.

Passing any sales tax on to ratepayers like myself hopefully will result in an uproar from rate-paying voters who are expected to pay billions for the failed projects over the next few decades.

The state Legislature should be reminded that ratepayers are also voters and reining in the taxing authority should be a priority.

Dennis J. Donahue Jr.

Pelican Reach

Isle of Palms