Edgefield County set to vote on penny sales tax

Monday, March 31st, 2014

EDGEFIELD, S.C. (WRDW)--

Edgefield County Council is set to vote on the first of three readings on projects part of a proposed penny sales tax in the county.

In December, County Council appointed a committee to receive recommendations about the kind of projects the public might be interested in voting on.

“We gave them the opportunity to come and bring their options on what they would like to see considered for this local option sales tax,” said Committee Chairman Thomas McCain.

The tax could last as many as eight years total but could be changed to less if enough revenue is taken in by the tax. The committee expects around $900,000 a year in revenue.

“People will not worry about the penny,” said McCain, “ they will just go about seeing the projects come alive and I think that would be the thing they would appreciate very much.”

Below is the list of projects that will be presented before County Council Tuesday night:

--Build 5 new fire department substations-$700,000
(Hwy 191, Miller Cross Rd, Walker Rd, Long Cane, near Republican)

--Construct Community Building at Bettis Park-$500,000

--Construct Veteran's Affairs Park-$100,000

--County Share of Infrastructure Project in Merriwether-$400,000

--Downtown Revitalization: Town of Edgefield-$1,350,000
(Streetscape Project, Building Renovations, Rail Trail Upgrade, Park Upgrades)

--Edgefield County Hospital: Build new family medicine practice in Merriwether & upgrade hospital-$1,100,000
(Merriwether practice $700,000; renovations to hospital $400,000)

--Extend Lee Street sidewalk to IGA in Johnston-$50,000

--Johnston Armory Renovations (community center/warming center)-$700,000

--Johnston Town Hall Renovations/New Fire Station-$550,000

--Sweetwater Community Center Upgrades-$140,000

--Upgrades to Edgefield Police Department-$30,000

--Upgrades to Recreational facilities used by Edgefield County Recreation-$530,000
Gym renovations/warming center
Little League Concession Stand (Edgefield)
Soccer field bleachers and drainage

Total Projects-$6,150,000