SC lawmakers approve compromise on incentives bill

COLUMBIA, SC (WCSC) - COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Local shoppers would help pay for the infrastructure of a planned upscale shopping center near the South Carolina border under an approved compromise.

A bill approved on Thursday by the Senate ended weeks of debate over proposed incentives for a $400 million retail development in Jasper County.

The compromise would allow Hardeeville officials and residents to add up to 2 cents on the sales tax of items sold at the shopping center. The money would reimburse the developer for the cost of infrastructure.

Democratic Sen. Clementa Pinckney of Ridgeland said it will bring needed jobs to the area roughly 20 miles from both Hilton Head Island and Savannah, Ga.

Some Republicans had opposed the proposed state tax breaks, saying the mall would compete with existing retailers.

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