Greenwood County Council and
county officials probably are not too surprised to learn some businesses
are so anxious to boost their revenue streams that they are seeking
annexation into the city limits.
Mexican restaurant Santa Fe has
petitioned the city in an effort to be annexed. Why? Because its owners
have noticed other restaurants in Greenwood's city limits have increased
business since the city gave the OK for restaurants to serve alcohol on
A referendum on the November ballot will give county
residents the opportunity to approve extending the same privilege to
restaurants and bars outside the city's boundaries, but perhaps for some
that is too long a wait. Plus, there are no guarantees the voters will
weigh in with a majority "yes" vote.
Annexation is a strange animal
in South Carolina. Municipalities have long bemoaned how difficult it
can be to expand their borders and, as a result, expand their tax base.
Rest assured, Greenwood city officials — elected and appointed — are
more than happy to accommodate such requests. And rest assured, if the
voters turn down the referendum in November there will be more
businesses willing to fork out the extra tax dollars to be within the
Don't think so? We'll wager you a mid-sized margarita they will.