Georgetown County voters to decide on Capital Project Sales Tax
Aug. 12, 2014
When Georgetown County voters go to the polls this fall, they’ll be asked to decide if a 1-cent sales tax will be implemented to help fund vital capital projects, including dredging at the Port of Georgetown.
County Council voted unanimously on Aug. 12 to put the issue on the ballot in the form of a countywide referendum. If approved, the 1-cent Capital Project Sales Tax would go into effect on May 1, 2015, and disappear four years later on April 30, 2019. State law mandates the tax could not be extended past that term without another referendum.
It is anticipated the tax would generate about $7 million per year, for a total of $28 million during the life of the tax. These funds would be used to pay for projects in three key areas: Dredging, countywide road improvements and enhancements to fire and rescue service.
The need for dredging at the Georgetown port was a driving factor in council’s decision to present the sales tax to the public. Dredging at the port has been identified as key to future economic development in the county, but efforts to secure federal funding for the project have been unsuccessful. The state committed funds for the project in its budget this year, but local funds are still needed for the project to go forward. The Capital Project Sales Tax would provide $16.3 million for two local dredging projects and creation of a dredge spoils site...
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Midway receives awards for education and excellence
June 13, 2014
Midway Fire Rescue was recognized by the S.C. Association of Fire Chiefs this week for its outstanding efforts in the area of public safety education.
The Richard S. Campbell Public Education Award was presented to Midway during a ceremony the association had on Wednesday. This is the fifth time the department has received the award since it was introduced in 1991 to recognize fire departments for their commitment and dedication to fire and life safety public education for the citizens of South Carolina. No other combination department in the state has received the award more times...
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