Response to Swatzel ad
NOTE: Georgetown Mayor Jack Scoville sent the following as a response to an ad in the Friday, June 7 print edition of the Georgetown Times.
Since the Democratic Party primary is Tuesday, we are running Scoville's response on the newspaper's Web site: www.gtowntimes.com.
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SWATZEL MISREPRESNTS AGAIN
I have been informed that an ad placed in the Georgetown Times' June 7 edition claiming I am running families out of Georgetown was placed by Tom Swatzel under the guise of "Concerned Families of Georgetown." Mr. Swatzel is a professional right wing political operative with a well deserved reputation for stretching the truth. This ad is a classic example.
The ad implies that since I have been mayor water and sewer charges have increased 20% and taxes by 15%. These statements are patently false. Since I have been mayor, there has been no increase in water and sewer rates. Taxes have actually been reduced across the city by $300,000 a year. Our residential electric rates have been determined by an outside agency to be among the lowest in the state. Per the Charleston Post and Courier on September2, 2012, Georgetown's residential rate per kilowatt hour was just 7.8353, while Santee Cooper's was 9.6096 and Santee Electric's was 11.6937. We cut the commercial electric rates by $300, 000 a year. Since I have been mayor, we cut over $3,000,000 from the city budget.
And as for running families out of town, after 40 years of population decline, the city's population actually grew from 2000 to 2010 according the US Census bureau.
Mr. Swatzel runs this false and misleading ad in the last edition of the paper before the election to prevent a truthful response. Hopefully the voters will read this reply on the Times's webpage and get the truth out.
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