Mt. Pleasant ballot question to raise taxes for recreation

Mt. Pleasant ballot question to raise taxes for recreation

MT. PLEASANT, SC (WCSC) - Voters in Mt. Pleasant Tuesday will be asked if they are willing to pay more in taxes for park and recreation amenities.

A question on the election ballot asks for the 5-mill tax increase to pay for the cost of several projects.

The projects are as follows:

Improvements or acquisition of open space for the benefit of the public;

  • Construction of recreation amenities to include trails and passive park space at the Mt. Pleasant Memorial Waterfront Park;
  • Construction of recreation amenities, to include athletic fields at the Carolina Park Recreation Complex;
  • Construction of recreation amenities to include athletic fields and trails at the town owned recreation property off at Rifle Range Road;
  • Construction or lease of building space for an additional senior center;
  • Construction or lease of building space for a community arts center.

The projects would cost the owner of a $400,000 an extra $80 a year.

The tax increase also would affect businesses, cars and boats.

Mt. Pleasant town officials say the potential tax increase could be worth $2.5 million each year.

So far, there is no year limit on the tax hike.

Every resident we spoke with Friday afternoon said they favor the tax increase.

The polls will be open Tuesday from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m.

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