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Oconee DA: Development Leads to More Crime

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Commercial development like Epps Bridge Centre has its downside, District Attorney Ken Mauldin told the Oconee County Board of Commissioners during a recent work session.

“The more stores you have out there, you’re going to have more shop lifting,” Mauldin said.

And it costs money to prosecute those who commit the crimes, he added.

It is a message that commissioners–and the citizenry–do not often hear as the county moves forward with its efforts to promote commercial growth.

More common is the simple message that commercial growth brings in more sales tax revenue.

Congestion is another downside, but Chairman Melvin Davis only acknowledges the benefits. To read more, visit Oconee County Observations.