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The Big Question About the County Sales Tax Referendum

Per the ordinance approved by Greenville County Council, of the total $673,193,630 for four projects only three of the projects are directly related to roads, bridges and highway and road improvements.┬áThose projects total $625,570,000. Only these three projects would be eligible for SCDOT’s priority list.

The Big Question – Does the passage of the referendum in any way reduce the amount of money spent by DOT in Greenville in the future?

For example, if these three projects are on the DOT priority list but are funded by local referendum, will Greenville lose our ranking while other projects in other counties take our place on the DOT list? Will Greenville end up paying for projects, that had we waited, DOT would have completed?

I have asked our House budget committee staff to research this question with SCDOT.