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Lexington County Political Update

TAX HIKE STATUS CHECK … Our readers in Lexington County, S.C. (a.k.a. our founding editor’s new stomping grounds) might be interested to learn that former Lexington, S.C. mayor Randy Halfacre – a tax-and-spend liberal – is stepping down as president and CEO of the local chamber of commerce. Halfacre’s resignation –…

TAX HIKE STATUS CHECK …

Our readers in Lexington County, S.C. (a.k.a. our founding editor’s new stomping grounds) might be interested to learn that former Lexington, S.C. mayor Randy Halfacre – a tax-and-spend liberal – is stepping down as president and CEO of the local chamber of commerce.

Halfacre’s resignation – effective at the end of the year – is curious for several reasons.

The big government backer has been a longtime ally of Lexington county council chairman Johnny Jeffcoat (a guy who thinks all tax hike opponents are Mormons) and was a close colleague of former town councilman Danny Frazier (who recently received a slap on the wrist for his role in the “Lexington ring” scandal).  Meanwhile the current mayor of Lexington, another tax-hiking liberal named Steve MacDougall, was close to all three of these politicians.

Earlier this year, MacDougall, Jeffcoat and Halfacre were riding hight when the town of Lexington passed a sales tax increase on food – $2 million a year for eight years.  Jeffcoat was at every town hall meeting to ensure the levy passed, while Halfacre did his part by having the chamber endorse the $16 million increase.  MacDougall was the biggest advocate for the new tax – claiming there were no other funding options available (even though the town recently shelled out $6.4 million for a new amphitheater).

Over the last few weeks, though, the new “Lexington ring” has seen its position erode.  First, Jeffcoat found himself facing a credible challenger from the right for the first time in his nearly twenty years on county council.  Rather than risk getting beat, he announced he would not run for reelection.

Then came Frazier’s sentencing … a reminder of the rampant corruption that exists in this Midlands, S.C. county.

And now Halfacre is “out” as the county’s top crony capitalist …

So … what led to his ouster?

According to our sources, Halfacre’s liberal advocacy upset many Lexington chamber members – including restaurant owners hit hardest by the new tax.  No effort was made to solicit their input – Halfacre simply endorsed the tax hike in an effort to accommodate MacDougall and Jeffcoat.

Since the levy passed, the number of people attending the monthly chamber breakfasts has declined considerably – and there’s been talk of businesses leaving the chamber to form an organization that’s more responsive to their views.

Obviously at the town level the damage is done – the tax hike has already been passed.  At the county level, voters emphatically rejected an eight-year, $270 million tax hike last fall – although Jeffcoat has been leading the charge to get an even larger tax hike on the ballot in the future.

We oppose that levy … and urge our Lexington readers to do the same.

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9 comments

jimlewisowb October 27, 2015 at 10:20 am

So Halfwit is now a Fullwit

Damn evolution is for real

Fuckin’ Cockroach should have met shoe leather 30 years ago

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flip October 27, 2015 at 1:14 pm

What is riding ‘hight’? Spell check Rocky! :)

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Bob1234 October 27, 2015 at 4:10 pm

Why are you such a douchebag? He didn’t leave because of the guy that Joe Wilson fired was running against him – he’s been in office for 20 years – give the guy a break – everyone know that you “pay to play” on Fitsnews

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Guest October 27, 2015 at 6:29 pm

Everyone in Lexington government is now fully consumed by the drama surrounding the coroner’s cat.

Its stupid, but at least it isn’t costing us millions in wasted tax dollars.

Also – for what its worth, I think anyone that deals with dead bodies all day can have a cat.

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Guest October 27, 2015 at 7:04 pm

Well they got their pick for the new sheriff .. The ring is alive and well!

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Waverunning October 27, 2015 at 10:46 pm

These chambers of commerce are all useless and don’t add anything of value. The dues rise each year and meetings are just awful. Any business spending money on chamber memberships anywhere must have money to toss away. It’s ironic that Halfacre elected mayor running against the hospitality tax and then at chamber got sucked into supporting tax agenda of that uber liberal moron mayor MacDougal and rest of the town council idiots because they funded his “visitors center” each year. Mergo’s shenanigans and Jeffcoat after the coroner’s cat is far more interesting and Frazier, Metts, Halfacre and crew are old news.

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Pat B November 11, 2015 at 11:22 pm

But it’s much easier to get things approved to get built if you belong to the chamber.

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Lone Ranger October 29, 2015 at 3:09 pm

In an update to this story…McDougall joined I-Lie-To-Conservatives-Rip-The-Flag-And-Kiss-Boehner & Ryan-Joe Wilson in bending over and asking why
Is it that true conservatives are onto me and my tax-you-without-your-vote ways and now it seems I CAN bend over and kiss my RINO rear end goodbye !!!

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