Penny sales tax passes in Charleston County

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) – With 182 of 187 precincts reporting, it appears that Charleston County residents are in favor of a penny sales tax to fund school projects.

The latest returns show more than 53,000 voted in favor of the tax while more than 30,000 voted against it.

The money will be used to fund the rebuilding of seismically challenged schools as well as several other district projects.

The referendum has gotten criticism from the NAACP and Republican Party officials. They say one project will end up giving more money to Wando High School, a predominantly white high school over Burke, a predominantly black high school.

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