LETTER TO THE EDITOR: MUNICIPALITIES POSE A THREAT TO DISTRICTS
PUBLISHED THURSDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2004
As a proud 34-year resident of the Boiling Spring Fire District, I have seen this rural area develop into a dynamic and well-planned sector of Greenville County.
Through progressive vision and action by an unpaid Board of Commissioners, Boiling Springs Fire District keeps costs down while providing superior fire protection and first responder emergency services.
In addition to steadily reducing millage rates from a high of 30 mils to the current 21.2 mils — a 28 percent decrease since 1980 — the district recently achieved a Class 1 ISO rating which will potentially reduce insurance premiums for property owners.
Now that the district made a successful transition from rural to urban growth and developed income to support its achievements and activities, surrounding municipalities are poised to "cherry pick" what we paid for.
Boiling Springs Fire District established itself and assumed responsibility when municipalities did not want to provide area coverage.
What is the result of our efforts? One municipality will own part of our investment in 2010 while another vigorously works toward selective internal district annexation.
This encroachment should not be allowed or considered acceptable. Acquisition of another government's tax base disrupts surrounding areas and places a greater burden on those of us who remain. If this area becomes contiguous to a municipality like
Special purpose districts played a positive role in making our county what it is today. They are owned by their residents and can best serve local needs.
Thomas M. Mitchell