Greer Chamber Opposes Proposed Local Spending Caps
March 10, 2008
(GREER, SC) The Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce today announced that it is opposing the proposed local spending caps as introduced by SC House of Representatives in 2007 and carried over to 2008.
The bill would restrict local governments from increasing spending from one year to the next based on CPI and population growth.
Though the Greer Chamber of Commerce believes that fiscal conservatism and responsibility is vital to the economic health of any governmental entity, it does not believe that those attributes would be obtained by a state mandate.
As with the City of Greer, which has gone through tremendous growth in the last decade, increasing spending past CPI and population is sometimes necessary to create jobs, economic development and wealth, as well as to maintain an acceptable level of service, such as fire, police, and sanitation.
Therefore, the Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce resoundingly opposes any state mandates to limit the growth of local governments to an artificial and arbitrary cap.
The Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce is a voluntary, non-profit organization that represents approximately 575 businesses in the Greer area. The mission of the Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce is “To Champion Economic Prosperity for our members and the greater Greer community.” For more information on the Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce, call 864-877-3131 or visit www.greerchamber.com.