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SC organization wants Indian Land incorporated

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INDIAN LAND, SC (WBTV) -

You might be surprised to learn what many of us call the town of Indian Land is not a town at all.

It's run by Lancaster County, but we are hearing from neighbors who say Indian Land is growing so fast, it's ready to become incorporated.

"We can control our own destiny as to what happens here and keep our property values high," said Indian Land Voice President Melvin Threatt.

Indian Land Voice is a grass roots organization working to incorporate Indian Land by getting it on the ballot.

If voters choose to make Indian Land a city, Threatt says county services will remain the same except for planning and zoning.

"We have like five service stations in a quarter of a mile to take care of the people from North Carolina and we can do some zoning to make sure that doesn't happen," said Threatt.

He went on to say it would cost about $150,000 a year to operate the new city and the cost would be covered by a new business license fee, but some county officials don't see it that way.

One Lancaster County Planning Commission member says a recent study shows the new city would cost roughly $1.5 million a year and business license fees can't cover that.

"Revenue from business licenses will come up to less than half a million dollars a year," said Lancaster County Planning Commission member Jerry Holt.

Not all residents think making Indian Land its own city is a good idea. In fact, one resident says it will do more harm than help and even called the move counterintuitive.

"If you stop one gas station from coming in and opening because of the new zoning that's required, that's eight jobs that people living in Indian Land aren't going to be able to get and we need jobs," said resident Joanna Hewett.

Hewett says she's skeptical of a proposed city idea and believes incorporation will only hinder growth in the area.

"When something works, don't change it and so far it's been working good. I just see no reason to incorporate at this time and make Indian Land a city," she continued.

"Unless they can convince people it's worth adding to their residential property tax, in my estimate, they won't get enough signatures to put it on the ballot," said Holt.

Threatt says they need around 2,000 signatures on their petition before residents can vote on the matter. So far, they only have 200 signatures.

To find out more about the petition and the organization, click here.

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