With Election Day about a week away, voters in Horry County , SC, soon will get a say in whether to increase the sales and use tax for
road construction and maintenance.
Question 1 on the countywide ballot would authorize a 1-cent
increase on the dollar in the sales and use tax for seven years for specific
road projects. The tax rate is currently 5 cents on the dollar. More than $425
million would go toward 15 projects that range from widening roads, to paving
Supporters say it's the only realistic way to fund the most
pressing local road needs for the short term.
Projects that would be earmarked for funding include
building an interchange at the intersection of the U.S. 17 bypass, the
completion of the Carolina Bays Parkway. Money also will be provided to pave
100 miles of dirt roads.
Because Horry County must match a $150 million grant by the
state, failure to approve the tax increase would prevent the completion of the
next section of the Carolina Bays Parkway. Instead, the money would go to the
state, WPDE-TV in Myrtle Beach reported.
Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 7. Polls are open in the state
from 7 a.m. EST to 7 p.m. EST. To check eligibility to cast an absentee ballot,
visit scvotes.org/absentee for more