Edgefield Co. Council moves forward on one-cent sales tax

Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2013

EDGEFIELD, S.C. -- The Edgefield County Council is moving forward with plans to allow voters the choice of a one-cent sales tax.

Tuesday night, council did not record any votes on the issue; however, the three members present reached a consensus to move forward in choosing a committee that will select the projects. The committee's proposal will then be submitted back to council, which can approve or deny the committee's plan. If approved, voters would give their say in November 2014. If voters approve the tax and projects, the one-cent tax would take affect during the first half of 2015.

The county plans to collect $900,000 a year for eight years.

Councilman Rodney Ashcraft was hesitant about having the tax for eight years. However, Council Chairman Dean Campbell reiterated that the county would only collect the amount of revenue that would pay for the approved projects. The tax would terminate after that money was collected, so theoretically, the collection period might not last eight years, Campbell said.

The County Council will select its committee members within the next few months. Based on population, the Town of Edgefield will also appoint two committee members. The Town of Johnston will appoint one.

In a PowerPoint presentation, County Administrator Lynn Strom identified three big areas where money is needed: Edgefield County EMS, the Edgefield County Sheriff's Office/Detention Center, and the purchase of Road Equipment.

Campbell tells News 12 that committee members can select those items, other items part of the county's improvement plan, or items they come up with themselves.

Those may include roads, bridges, government buildings, parks, public utilities, and more.

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