County Council Candidate Accuses Current Members Of Corruption

A candidate for Lexington County Council has accused current members of the council of “trying to import corruption across the river by trying to pass the SAME corrupt penny sales tax” as is in Richland County.

DinoAttorney Dino Teppara is running for the county District 6 seat in November.  The seat is currently held by Council Chairman Johnny Jeffcoat who has decided not to run for re-election.

On his Facebook page, Teppara cited the SLED investigation of Richland County Council members for misappropriating funds. The Richland Councilmen that are the focus of the investigation allegedly funneled money from “penny” sales tax revenue to consultants rather than to promised road infrastructure.  

Commenting on the Richland County story, Teppara wrote:

This is shocking but we shouldn’t be surprised! Our local government is not working for us, they’re in the back pockets of special interests! Taxpayers in Lexington County be forewarned: our County Council is trying to import the same corruption across the river by trying to pass the SAME corrupt penny sales tax in Lexington County! In fact, our County Council already passed a 7-2 vote to bring back this corrupt tax – it will be on the ballot again this fall and we must defeat it! bit.ly/1Jv2Rei ‪#‎TeamDino

Teppara made the same accusations at the monthly meeting of the Lexington County Republican Party on Monday night.  Although his Facebook and campaign webpages decry “corruption” in general, these latest statements seem to point to current council members specifically.

Chapin CPA Erin Long Bergeson is also seeking the District 6 Council seat.

10 comments

  1. I agree with him! Massive, ungovernable taxes passed with extraordinary help by special interest are the easy pickings for every insider and fast talking croney with a sales pitch and buddy on council.

    I have watched Lexington County become a wasteful, tax and spend county that makes certain people rich at the expense on the taxpayer. It sickens me.

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  2. I don’t agree with the 2 entries I’ve seen. And we do need to do whatever we have to do to fix our current roads. I might be saving money on gas since the price has dropped but I’ll be spending more than that buying tires. I also do not vote for anyone who has to put down others when they run for office. Run on your own records or don’t run at all.

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  3. I don’t live in District Six but I support what Dino is saying. There is too much corruption going on behind closed doors; I still remember the no-bid contract for $500,000 that Jeffcoat passed. He has supported tax raises for years, including the 2014 sales tax increase, the largest tax raise our county had ever seen. It should be called the Jeffcoat tax! And now, he has endorsed someone who some are saying is his personal accountant as his heir apparent on county council. The last thing we need to do is support some unknown person Jeffcoat has endorsed!

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  4. Political corruption can feel daunting and remote. So can we really do anything about it? If we speak out about how we’re governed, we can.

    We need to call on our politicians and public officials to be accountable for their actions. How can we trust them if we don’t know what they’re doing? We must demand that they put in place regulations which will force them to act openly. Then corruption can’t hide. And our trust in the political process will improve. When leaders act transparently, showing us clearly what they do, we can make informed choices when we vote. And we can hold them to account once elected.

    From grassroots groups to big organizations, civil society has a crucial role to play. We can monitor electoral campaigns and parties’ activities. If state resources are abused, we must report it. And if regulations to prevent corruption aren’t in place, we must demand them. Rules about politicians’ conflicts of interest, for example. Or regulations to stop special interest groups from distorting the democratic process. I have seen too much corruption at all levels of government. We need people that are open and trustworthy. I would like to see Dino on the Lexington Council. Just maybe we would find the members would have to be more open.

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  5. Basic questions to ask… Is Lexington County still trying to push an already rejected penny sales tax? Clearly we known where Dino Teppara stands on the issue, but where does his opponent stand?

    When it is time to cast your vote does having a long standing, vocal record in opposition to raising our taxes matter?

    Questions for thought.

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    • There is an article in today’s State paper about the Council’s diminishing interest in the sales tax. As for Ms. Long Bergeson’s stance on issues, her website addresses that.

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