Aiken County School Boards talks penny sales tax, a school make up day

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News 12 at 11 / Tuesday, March 24, 2014

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- The Aiken County School Board approved a list of projects that could benefit from a one percent sales tax, but before voters can decide, lawmakers in Columbia have to give the tax increase the okay.

Lawmakers have until June 30 to give the okay to school systems across South Carolina, a chance to ask voters to add the tax to help their local schools.

School Board Member Keith Liner tells News 12 the law is being debated in the state house and should pass. If it doesn't pass by June 30, when the legislative year ends, systems across the state will have to wait until 2016 before it can be brought up again.

Despite, all that the Aiken County School Board did approve $125 million recommended projects list they hope to fund with the penny sales tax. However only two schools, as of right now, would benefit. North Augusta High School would get $65 million and Aiken High would get $60 million. For a total of $125 million.

Now this is all preliminary and things could change, the Board Chairwoman, Rosemary English, says others school could benefit too.

"You've got facilities as old as 90 years old and just trying to maintain them and keep them running on a regular basis is more than a notion," she told News 12.

If it makes it to the governors desk, Aiken county voters would be asked if they would approve the one percent tax for 10 years. Members Hightower, Barber, and Flemming-- all voted against Monday's proposal.

Money wasn't the only thing they talked about Monday night. The board also voting to make Memorial Day, Monday May 26, a make up day because of last month's ice storm.

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