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Response to Scoville

  • Friday, June 7, 2013

  • Updated Monday, September 23, 2013 11:13 am

NOTE: Because we will not have another print edition of the Georgetown Times before Tuesday’s Democratic Party primary, Georgetown Mayor Jack Scoville requested an opportunity to respond to an ad in Friday’s paper.
Since Scoville leveled allegations against political consultant Tom Swatzel, he requested and is granted a similar opportunity.


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Below is my response to Jack Scoville's comments.

Tom Swatzel
SwatzelStrategies.com
Murrells Inlet

The Concerned Families of Georgetown newspaper ad that Swatzel Strategies produced was meticulously researched and is accurate. I’m glad to cite the sources below.

From the ad:
“During Jack Scoville’s time in office, utility rates and taxes have sky rocketed to the point that already overburdened working families and seniors on fixed incomes just can’t afford to live here anymore!”
“Time in office” refers to Jack Scoville’s terms on the City Council and as Mayor, which is 2005-2013.

From the ad:
“Water and sewer charges are up 20 percent, taxes up 15 percent.”
From the city’s 2005-2006 audited financial statement, water and sewer charges amounted to $4.4 million. The water and sewer charges in the 2012 amended budget are $5.25 million, an increase of about $850,000 or almost 20 percent since Jack Scoville took office.
From the city’s 2005-2006 audited financial statement, tax revenue was $2.65 million. The 2012 amended budget reflects $3.14 million in tax revenue, an increase of $490,000 or 18 percent, since Jack Scoville took office.

From the ad:
“The Georgetown Times says, city residents have paid some of the highest municipal electricity rates in the state.”
The Georgetown Times reported in a December 2, 2011 article that a SC Association of Municipal Power Systems survey of the 19 municipal electrical utilities in the state “shows Georgetown has the sixth-highest rate on the list.”

From the ad:
“According to the Sun News, Scoville said these double-digit tax and utility hikes "do not reflect large increases" and “were necessary to make up for years" of taxes he said weren’t high enough.”
Jack Scoville’s quotes are from an October 10, 2009 Sun News article.

It’s disappointing that Mayor Scoville would resort to spin and smoke screen tactics in an attempt to avoid the truth about his record, both as mayor and a city councilman, on tax and utility increases and the impact of those high taxes and utilities on Georgetown families, particularly working families and seniors.

Having cited the facts that back up the ad, we hope Jack is now ready to come clean to Georgetown families about his record.

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