Another Penny Passed: What a recent S.C. county tax means for everyone, in Richland County and beyond
If you live in South Carolina, you’ve probably heard of the Penny Transportation Tax passed in the recent election by voters of Richland County. “Richland County?” you might scoff if you live elsewhere, “What do I care about Richland County?” Now, wait just a minute. Not only does this tax affect anyone living in or visiting Richland County (supporters say nearly half of the revenue generated will come from non-residents), but it has implications for every other county and region as municipal and state governments are facing increasingly difficult decisions about how to improve infrastructure in the current penny-pinching economic climate. Tax referendums have been popping up all over the nation, to varying degrees of results. It’s certainly noteworthy that Richland County, SC, voted to support this 1% sales tax increase only four months after nine regions of Georgia, including the Atlanta region — one of the most traffic- and transportation-troubled regions in the country — shot down just such a tax.