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Here’s what a penny sales tax could mean for Greenville County roads

This penny sales tax, which could appear on the ballot in November, would help repair and improve roads and bridges throughout the county.


County Council will decide if the tax makes it to the ballot.. | Photo by The Greenville Journal

In for a penny, in for a pound penny. A local 1% sales tax — that would fund road improvements throughout the county — could appear on the ballot in November.

According to the approved wording of the question from the Capital Projects Sales Tax Commission, the tax will be in place for “not more than 8 years” and will be used for the following projects:

  • $473,919,000 for road improvement, repaving, and reconstruction projects
  • $216,100,000 for intersection improvement projects
  • $313,200,000 roadway safety + congestion relief projects
  • $43,613,000 for bridge and road-related drainage projects

Let’s play a game. Each number below signifies how many projects will be completed using the amounts above. We want you to match them up.

  • 37 improvements
  • 51 improvements
  • 1,445 improvements
  • 31 improvements

Test your matching skills.