Chesterfield County Council members remain divided in the quest to let voters decide whether to approve a 1-cent increase in county sales tax.
Two readings of the ordinance that will place the Capital Projects Sales Tax on the November ballot have passed on a 5-4 vote. The third reading, scheduled for Aug. 6, is necessary to keep things moving in that direction.
Council members were informed last year it would cost up to $75,000 to have the question printed on the ballot, giving voters an opportunity to approve or reject the tax.
They decided to spend the money, handing the decision over to county residents, yet have continued to debate the issue among themselves.
If the tax proposal is placed on the ballot this fall, and if the voters give it their stamp of approval, a 1-cent sales tax will be added over the next eight years to fund specific infrastructure projects. The extra penny is estimated to generate about $21 million.
Since the first of the year, a county-wide committee has been working on the wish list for the project money. Committee members submitted that list to council last month.
In order of priority, proposed projects include:
1 - Chesterfield County Emergency Dispatch Center, $3 million
2 - Northeastern Technical College instructional facility (matching funds), $2 million
3 - Storm drainage improvements in Cheraw, $2,200,112.50
4- Natural gas line extension from the town of Cheraw to the Carolinas Centre Industrial Park, $1,874,000
5 -Chesterfield County drought project, $2 million
6 - Wastewater system improvements along Elizabeth, Main, Lee, Baker and Maxton streets and several other locations in Jefferson, $1,275,000
7 - McBee sanitary sewer system phase I, $1,510,000
8 - Pageland Wastewater Treatment Plant expansion in Pageland, $4 million
9 - Emergency services complex in Patrick, $820,000
10 - Stormwater improvements between S.C. 109 and Deaton Street in Ruby, $140,000
11 - Sidewalk improvements, phase I, in Mount Croghan, $142,900
12 - Various road improvements for Harden Swamp Road, Cross Roads Church Road, S.C. 9, Moffat Road, Prestige Lane, McDonald Circle, McMillan Road and Tadlock Road, $2 million
13 - Gymnasium for the town of Cheraw, $2,469,750
14 - Water service line replacement for the town of Chesterfield, $2,200,500
— Reach Staff Writer Karen Kissiah at 843-537-5261.