Newberry County Sales Tax Increase Referendum (November 2010)
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.
The final tally was 8,070-3,640 in favor, according to the Newberry Observer.
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.
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.