Newberry County Sales Tax Increase Referendum (November 2010)

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Voters approved a Newberry County Sales Tax Increase Referendum that was on the November 2, 2010 ballot in Newberry County.

By a more than two-to-one margin, Newberry County voters opted to continue the penny sales tax for capital improvements. This is the third time the capital tax has gotten the nod of the voters.[1]

The final tally was 8,070-3,640 in favor, according to the Newberry Observer.[2]

The largest project on the list will be converting the old Wal-Mart on Wilson Road into a new Piedmont Tech Campus for $5.8 million.

Other projects will include water and sewer improvements throughout the county; renovations to the Whitmire town annex; renovations to the Newberry Opera house; a trail head in Little Mountain; expansion of the Council on Aging Senior Center; renovations to the old Prosperity railroad depot; improvements to the Mid-Carolina Commerce Park; and three new fire substations.

The total project list comes in at $17.5 million.

The penny sales tax is to be funded through a bond, which will let all of the projects begin at the same time.[3]

The ballot will give the county the authorization to issue bonds for the project not to exceed $15.625 million. An additional $2 million will be funded through interest on bond revenues and taxes, and money left over from other projects.[4]