A group of local residents are asking for Dorchester residents to “Vote Yes” to Dorchester County Parks + Libraries.
The group, led by a few friends from the Summerville area, is hoping Dorchester County residents will turn out to the polls on November 5 and approve funding for new parks and libraries.
Back in 2016, residents voted in favor of a referendum to build new parks and libraries in Dorchester County. However, it was thrown out by the South Carolina Supreme Court, stating it was illegal for both the parks and libraries to be one combined referendum.
Instead, the court said voters should have the ability to approve one without the other.
Now, three years later, residents will have the chance to vote on two separate referendums and once again approve funding for new parks and libraries.
So, what exactly are the two referendums?
According to the “Vote Yes” website, the parks “preserve more green space, stops more development and creates recreation facilities” for residents to enjoy.
If approved, the parks referendum will preserve open space, create a trail system, control flooding, and protect the Ashley River. Additionally, it will build and improve the Davis-Bailey Park in St. George and the Ashley River and Pine Track Parks in Summerville.
Among those developments and improvements of the park include baseball fields, playgrounds, adult fitness facilities, ponds, paved walking trails, and more.
If approved, the libraries referendum will include the design and construction of new library facilities in the Summerville, North Charleston, and Ridgeville areas.
The library network will include study areas, public meeting rooms, family-friendly zones, and provide opportunities for early literacy, test preparation, and workforce development.
Voting is less than a month away, what are your thoughts on the new referendums?