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OL U M B I A STAR " S C News OCTOBER 22. 2004 - 3 =ed from page one From disability to mobility The ins and outs of total knee replacement surgery (1) and Rick Noble discuss Noble's upcoming surgery. Taylor tibia] com- Dr. prosthesis, to the kneecap. D lnade of and is smooth- earti- McHone and tested Doctor swabs Rick Noble's leg with antiseptic. Dr. James McHone chisels away pieces of bone while a medical team keeps knee clean. Dr. James McHone makes incision in Rick Noble's right knee. Dr, McHone makes sure the prosthesis fits properly. Rick Noble survives the surgery. of !Cemented both in leR to up Rick's very is by no to watch. skin tern and the of saw- are hard the worst to 'loughout takes to surgery, the with the At first, bother start it, you are not breakfast. I operating in the flesh. as it the Surgery for very posi- has an rate and nore com- pulation is who have ;clays afar In most lrform all ' and in six an expect a able except activities basket- a week Noble is is walk- doesn't crutches has a way r and do Stretches as doctor. time can go SOme of his such Walks and 0i 00.Property That's right. The penny you won't miss will save you hundreds of dollm In propes, ....... The addition of one penny on the dollar in sales tax will generate a projected $62 million in county tax revenue in the first yearmall of it going directly to property tax relief and applied as a straight credit on your property tax bill. Savings to property tax payers in Colum- bia will be about $550 per $100,000 of appraised value, with prop- erty owners in unincorporated areas saving about $235 on that same amount. The penny makes non-residents foot part of the bill. About 100,000 people who don't live in Richland County come here every day. They use our roads benefit from locally-funded service." "- s like fire, police and EMS. The penny sales tax means that they will foot their fair share of our tax bill. The penny defrays the cost of living here. While it's a privilege to live in the State Capital, it costs us a bundle because of all the tax-exempt government properties and those be- longing to non-profits and charitiesmthat currently pay no tax. The penny sales tax will help equalize the .cost. The penny means a healthier, more stable tax base and a more attractive climate for development. Statewide, property taxes as a percent of municipal revenue dropped 11% from 1990 to 2000, a diversification of the tax base primarily due to existing local option sales taxes in two-thirds of South Caro- lina's counties. A sales tax has a higher rate of growth than property taxes and benefits economic growth by offering a lower cost of doing business here. The penny is the property tax solution-for all of us. Vote yes on November 2. Citizens for Richlend Tax Relief I P.O. Box 50241, Columbia SC 29250 Relief "Richland County voters  ..... should approve a local-option sales tax on November. 2." The State, October 14, 2004 Learn more online Richland County, . Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce The Prope .rty Tax ut00on The Penny Sales Tax m 0