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Charleston lawmakers call for a 'yes' vote to sales tax referendum

(Source: Live 5 News) (Source: Live 5 News)

A number of Charleston County leaders united Wednesday morning to support the half-penny sales tax referendum, which appears on the Nov. 8 General Election ballot.

Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg, former Mayor Riley, Representative Chip Limehouse, North Charleston Mayor Summey and other local officials backed the referendum at a news conference on Savannah Highway. 

Supporters say the referendum will put $2.1 billion into Charleston County road improvement projects. The money will fix local traffic problems by widening Dorchester Road, widening Main Road, building a flyover at U.S. 17, widening Highway 42 and other projects, states a release sent to Live 5 News.

The referendum will also provide $600 million to develop a transit system.

Officials plan to use some of the funds to offer support to green spaces in Charleston County.

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