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1% Sales Tax Proposed Project List Released

web posted February 21, 2014

EDGEFIELD The Edgefield County 1% Sales Tax Committee has released a proposed list of projects for an estimated $6.79 million that will be collected over 8 years if the tax is approved by voters this fall. The list has not been approved by the committee, only compiled to get feedback from the County Council. In a not so surprising review of the projects, the Town of Edgefield comes out on top.

The complete list of the projects, which can be found at the bottom of this page, breaks down as follows:

Funds for projects in or for the Town of Edgefield total $3.44 million, basically half of the funds that would be collected. This total could change to $3.04 million as explained below. If the fire stations ($400,000 total for the Edgefield Fire Department) is removed and counted as county projects the total amount drops to $2.64 million, or 40% of total revenues.

$1.4 million would be designated for "Downtown Revitalization" - a very broad term for a purpose specific tax.
$610,000 to make upgrades to the soccer field, baseball fields, town gym, children's park and expansion of the Rail Trail.
$800,000 (estimated) would go to new equipment and upgrades at the Edgefield County Hospital. (This could change to $400,000 as noted above.)
$200,000 would be used for a Veterans Park.
$400,000 would go to build two fire stations, one at Republican Road and the other at Miller's Crossroads.
$30,000 would be used for upgrades of the Edgefield Police Department.

Johnston would be the next big winner with a total of $1.8 million in projects.

$750,000 would be used to remodel the Armory.
$600,000  to remodel the Johnston Town Hall and fire station.
$400,000 for fire substations, one between Trenton and Johnston and the other on Long Cane Road.
$50,000 would be used to extend the current sidewalk on Lee Street to the IGA store.
If the fire stations are considered as "county" projects, their total would still be $1.4 million.

Next in the list of projects is Bettis Academy with a single project to build a "Community building" at Bettis Park. Cost: $700,000

The amount to be used in the Merriwether area is $650,000, but depending on estimates, could increase to $1.15 million as explained below.

$500,000 (estimated) to build a medical facility in the Merriwether area.*
$150,000 would go to the Sweetwater Community Center.
*This cost could be placed at $900,000, which would increase project costs to the $1.15 million level. This cost seems inflated. According to Ken Durham (formerly of Edgefield Construction), the cost of construction of the new Fox Creek High School was between $2.5 and $3 million. How a Doctor's Office could cost 1/3 of an entire high school seems unreasonable.

As for the Westside and Northside, there is roughly $200,000 towards a fire substation on Walker Road.

This is a preliminary list and is not final and firm numbers on some projects are not available at this time.

Below is the list released by the Edgefield County Administration Office:

Projects Selected by Commission
February 18, 2014
Bucket 1 (Most important items to the Commission but in no particular order)
Project  / Amount
Build 5 new fire department substations / $1,000,000
Upgrades to Recreational facilities used by Edgefield County Recreation / $610,000
Edgefield County Hospital: Build new family medicine practice in Merriwether & upgrade hospital / $1,300,000
Downtown Revitalization: Town of Edgefield / $1,400,000
Johnston Armory Renovations (community center/warming center) / $750,000
Johnston Town Hall Renovations/New Fire Station / $600,000
Sweetwater Community Center / $150,000
Upgrades to Edgefield Police Department / $30,000
Veteran's Affairs Park / $200,000
Extend Lee Street sidewalk to IGA in Johnston / $50,000
Community Building at Bettis Park / $700,000
Total Projects    $6,790,000

Bucket 2 (Items Commission wants to be considered if there is excess sales tax)
County Detention Center
Communications Tower







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