Parents question proposed one-cent sales tax in Charleston County

Parents question proposed one-cent sales tax in Charleston County

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Thursday night, the Charleston Metro Chamber answered questions about a proposed one percent sales tax for school projects.

It was the second of three meetings the chamber is having on the issue. At Thursday's meeting in West Ashley, only three people from the public attended, but the meeting still generated debate.

The one percent tax is a continuation of the current tax the district has and would raise around $500 million over the next six years.

That money would go towards building new schools like a new middle school in West Ashley and East Cooper High School in Mount Pleasant.

Parents at the meeting said they were worried that some areas of the county would get preference and that West Ashley not be a high priority.

"I'd really like to know, given that we can't build everything simultaneously, when these projects are projected to start and when they're projected to finish," Lee Runyon, a parent of two West Ashley student said.

There at 35 projects listed for the tax, which would kick in January of 2017.

If the tax fails, the school district would have to wait two years before it can be put on the ballot again.

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