Officials press for support of penny sales tax

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Mayors from across Charleston County kicked off a campaign to drum up support for a penny sales tax increase Monday.

The tax increase would pay for new school buildings if it passes the Nov. 2 referendum. Officials say the increase in revenue from a 1 cent increase would help address the financial needs of more than a dozen schools across the county.

If the sales tax measure fails, voters will instead face an increase in property taxes to pay for the four "seismic schools," denoted as such after inspectors deemed the schools unsafe in the event of a significant earthquake.

None of the other building projects would be funded with a property tax increase, officials said.

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