City of Columbia Raising Taxes, Water Rates

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Officials with the City of Columbia voted to increase property taxes, water and sewer rates and storm water rates for residents of the Capital City. Full Story
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Time for Change

Rock Hill, SC

#66 May 16, 2008
I can understand how there may be instances where false allegations are given. But I am the survivor, and I was treated like a criminal. The white room with only a table and three chairs, freezing cold. All that was missing was a light to shine in my eyes. Intimidation was used as a scare tactic, records were not included that needed to be sent to the solicitor. These investigators came highly recommended, however, it is almost impossible for them to understand or have the ability to prosecute a "fellow" officer. They just don't want to do it. Every attempt was made by several different divisions of law enforcement to "cover" for the perpetrator. I did not give up and utilized several avenues before someone finally would even listen. So excuse me if I don't feel any compassion for someone who is accused of this heinous crime because we don't know all of the surrounding evidence and the amount of intimidation by law enforcement to cause women to be scared and back out of prosecuting. It happens frequently. They are trained to indimidate, create fear as they are carrying a weapon, may use force, will form a brotherhood against a victim, have knowledge of the system and know how to use it and would you please tell me who the police are going to believe if you call 9-1-1 and tell them you are being assaulted by another officer. Police reports reflect the abuser's side of the story, incorrect information about the perpetrator may be inaccurate. Who is going to believe her word against the word of a police officer. They are above the law. Additionally, his profession confers credibility, no matter how much he has lied, committed crimes, or assaults. Just a little insight into what happens when interviewed about your assault. However, you should still come forward and BREAK THE SILENCE. It is part of your recovery.

Since: Jul 07

United States

#68 May 16, 2008
Time for Change wrote:
I can understand how there may be instances where false allegations are given. But I am the survivor, and I was treated like a criminal. The white room with only a table and three chairs, freezing cold. All that was missing was a light to shine in my eyes. Intimidation was used as a scare tactic, records were not included that needed to be sent to the solicitor. These investigators came highly recommended, however, it is almost impossible for them to understand or have the ability to prosecute a "fellow" officer. They just don't want to do it. Every attempt was made by several different divisions of law enforcement to "cover" for the perpetrator. I did not give up and utilized several avenues before someone finally would even listen. So excuse me if I don't feel any compassion for someone who is accused of this heinous crime because we don't know all of the surrounding evidence and the amount of intimidation by law enforcement to cause women to be scared and back out of prosecuting. It happens frequently. They are trained to indimidate, create fear as they are carrying a weapon, may use force, will form a brotherhood against a victim, have knowledge of the system and know how to use it and would you please tell me who the police are going to believe if you call 9-1-1 and tell them you are being assaulted by another officer. Police reports reflect the abuser's side of the story, incorrect information about the perpetrator may be inaccurate. Who is going to believe her word against the word of a police officer. They are above the law. Additionally, his profession confers credibility, no matter how much he has lied, committed crimes, or assaults. Just a little insight into what happens when interviewed about your assault. However, you should still come forward and BREAK THE SILENCE. It is part of your recovery.
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Time for Change

Rock Hill, SC

#69 May 17, 2008
I think City Manager Austin should explain to the citizens of Columbia and to City Council why there are insufficient funds to cover checks that were written? Are you truly above the law? An accident can occur but $29,000, that is a bit much. Could this have any bearing on raising taxes, water rates? You have to get money somewhere and you just keep "bleeding" the citizens for more and more money. Where is your mind?
Teacher Teacher

Grovetown, GA

#70 May 17, 2008
Childless Single

AOL

#72 Dec 2, 2012
Why does City Council get away with raiding money that belongs to the Water Dept? "Because it is so easy to do", says one member of the Council. Well, stop it. Do you never think about the families out of work and those with little children? When we single people are struggling, what on earth happens to the ones with children? America is not supposed to be a THIRD WORLD COUNTRY, but that is what you are making of America.Homeless, filthy dirty, thirsty and crying.

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