SALUDA -- Several members of the Saluda County Council are looking to rewrite the county’s capital projects sales tax ordinance.
While second reading passed unanimously by a 5-0 vote June 26, County Council Chairman Don Hancock and council members Frank Daniel, Jacob Schumpert and Gwendolyn Shealy said they thought the projects offered by the capital projects sales tax commission lacked sufficient countywide appeal.
“Our goal would be to have projects that affect the entire county,” Hancock said. “Our primary concern is the projects we have are pretty narrow.”
Under South Carolina Code of Laws Title 4, Article 3 a county’s governing body can form a capital project sales tax commission to recommend infrastructure projects. Once those projects are decided, the county can pass an ordinance that places the projects and the cost of each project onto a referendum to be approved by voters in a general election. The funds for the project would come from a one percent sales tax -- commonly referred to as a penny tax -- for a period no longer than seven years.

The projects selected by Saluda County’s commission are a firefighters training station ($665,000), water line improvements in the Holley Ferry area ($2,800,000), improvements to the town of Saluda’s wastewater treatment facility ($1,750,000) and the replacement of 20 fire hydrants, upgrades to the sewer system, water meters and repainting of the Ward water tank in Ridge Spring ($900,000). All told, the projects represent $6,115,000.