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County Releases Q&A on 1% Sales Tax and Commission

web posted January 6, 2014

COUNTY – Edgefield County and the 1% Sales Tax Commission has released a frequently asked questions article on the duty of the commission and the possible uses of the proposed 1% special local option sales tax being considered by the county.   

1.    What is a 1% Capital Project Sales Tax?

This is a 1% sales tax added to all items purchased within a County except on unprepared foods to be used for specific capital projects. (The tax is not applied to gasoline!)

2.    What is the 1% spent on?

The sales tax must be spent on specific items that are recommended by the Edgefield County Capital Project Sales Tax Commission, approved by Council, and approved by taxpayers through a referendum question on the ballot during a general election. Each project must be specifically named with a cost associated with it, and the projects have to be listed by priority.

3.    What types of projects can be considered?

The state statute allows tangible, permanent types of projects and facilities, such as the following:
•    Highways, roads, bridges, parking garages
•    Public buildings (Courthouses, jails, hospitals, etc.)
•    Cultural facilities, recreational facilities (such as buildings or park infrastructure), or historic facilities
•    Water and sewer projects
•    Flood control or storm water projects
•    Jointly operated projects of the county, municipality, and school district

4.    Who decides on which projects to support?

Projects are chosen by the Sales Tax Commission which is made up of the following members: Thomas McCain, Sr., Craig McMullin, Beth Worth, Donna Livingston, Jeff Britt, and Thomas Nidiffer.

After the projects are recommended, Council decides if they want to move forward, and the ultimate decision on whether to create a sales tax for the projects lies with you…the taxpayer.

5.    Who will pay this tax?

If approved, the tax would be paid by anyone shopping in Edgefield County.

6.    How much money could be generated by a 1% sales tax?

The S.C. Budget and Control Board estimates that Edgefield County could receive $900,000 per year from a 1% sales tax.

7.    How long would this tax be imposed?

The maximum number of years that this tax could be imposed would be up to 8 years. The exact amount would have to approved by the voters through the referendum question.

8.    When would the tax begin?

If approved during the November 2014 election, then the tax collections would begin in May 2015.

9.    What is the advantage of a 1% capital project sales tax?

The tax is up to the voters of Edgefield County. The projects are specifically listed on the ballot for the voters to decide if the projects are meaningful to them. It offers a way to accomplish capital projects needed in the County without having to raise property taxes for the residents.

10.    How can I provide input on projects important to me?

Citizens are welcome to attend any of the public meetings held by the Sales Tax Commission. The Sales Tax Commission will be holding a public hearing on January 8. Also, you can submit requests in writing to the Administration Office at 124 Courthouse Square, Edgefield, SC 29824; by email to lstrom@edgefieldcounty.sc.gov; or you can contact the Commission members listed above.

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