Birds of a feather flock together

The recent county attack on the Hagood Mill operation is just one more blow to the county’s reputation. Whatever the motive behind this ill-judged action, some things are clear.

Several statements from the county administrator are misleading at best.

First, an organization classified as a nonprofit is not operating as a for-profit. By law, making a profit isn’t what nonprofits operate for.

Second, since the county’s fiscal year runs from July 1 through June 30 of the following year, the statement that Hagood Mill’s funds would soon be depleted is correct, although not complete in itself. But as each county department is funded a year at a time and each department’s budget is projected annually, it is true to say that every department in the county will be out of money at the end of the year.

Other nonprofits have been targets also — not just the Hagood Mill. For example, the same logic was applied when there was a recent attempt to close the Sarlin Community

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