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A $100 million resort “mecca” planned for Seneca, S.C. received approval from Gov. Nikki Haley and a majority of the S.C. Budget and Control Board (SCBCB) this week.

The so-called Sanctuary Pointe project – which we wrote about extensively here – would bring 400-500 jobs to the area, according to the investors who are pushing the development. It would also provide a steady revenue stream to the S.C. Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism (SCPRT) – which as you can tell from its title performs a trio of functions taxpayers have no business subsidizing.

Seriously …

So … why is this private development mixed up with state government? And why do its plans require the approval of South Carolina’s antiquated budget board? Well, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers leases the property it hopes to develop to the State of South Carolina free of charge – and state leaders want to use the proceeds from a sub-lease for the purpose of subsidizing our state’s parks system.

That’s right … state government is leasing property it doesn’t own to funnel money to things it shouldn’t be doing in the first place.

Typical South Carolina …

Anyway, as we stated last month we have no problem with this development moving forward (although we hope for the sake of the investors that water levels in Lake Hartwell climb above their current levels). Our problem is the state funneling money from the deal to non-core functions.

As far as we’re concerned, any money made by the state off of this development ought to be rebated to taxpayers … and we’re disappointed not a single member of the all-“Republican” SCBCB thought to make that a prerequisite of their support for the deal.

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