Penny sales tax to begin in Charleston County on Tuesday

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The penny sales tax is set to begin Tuesday in Charleston County.

The tax will raise $450 million over a six-year span for the proposed 2011 to 2016 capital building plan.

CCSD says only proposed projects would be funded that include building a career tech academy at Wando, rebuilding some schools, new athletic facilities and acquiring land for future schools.

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

The referendum received 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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