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.
Attorney 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.