1/2 cent sales tax referendum

      Source: Charleston County Council

      This item is added to the July 19,2012, Finance Committee agenda.{}

      It is proposed that County Council order a referendum to be placed on the ballot for this November's general election to ask whether the current transportation sales tax be supplemented by the remaining half-cent to take it to a full penny.

      Through the existing program, it has become clear that there remain major projects which will need funding for the foreseeable future.

      It is projected that over a new twenty-five year period, this half cent will generate $1.35 billion.{}

      In order to have the referendum question on the November ballot, the directive must be delivered to the Charleston County Election Commission by August 15, and it must be in the form of an ordinance which has passed three readings.

      The ordinance must also be submitted to the US Department of Justice for preclearance under the Voting Rights Act.

      It is proposed that staff be directed to receive input from the Council of Governments, the Chamber of Commerce's infrastructure study, and the municipalities, and to return to council in September with a proposal for projects and allocations of the potential funding.

      It is intended that there will be proposed allocations for mass transit, greenspace and roads and related infrastructure, including bicycle and pedestrian facilities.