Charleston County voters to decide on half cent sales tax

CHARLESTON (WCBD)-  Voters in Charleston County will cast their ballots on two major referendums today. One involves the half penny sales tax that would increase to fund various projects on roads and bridges.

County council said they expect to collect $2.1 billion over 25 years if the referendum passes. The money would fund several projects aimed to alleviate traffic congestion in the county.

The funds would widen lanes on Dorchester Road and Highway 17 in West Ashley. In addition, the money would go towards green space and the Bus Rapid Transit. This would be a fast bus system running from downtown Charleston to Summerville with stops along the way. The buses would run in their own lane separate from the normal flow of traffic.

Voters will also decide on a bond referendum to pay for the road projects if the half cent sales tax covers. The council said it would allow the projects to get going faster. However, if approved the bonds could not be worth than $200 million.





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