Campaign to support penny sales tax kicks off Wednesday

dhinshaw@thestate.comSeptember 17, 2012 

Wednesday morning, a group of Richland County business leaders and concerned citizens join to formally launch a campaign in support of a sales-tax for transportation.

The kick-off event of the Citizens for a Greater Midlands is at 10 a.m. at the Clarion hotel, 1615 Gervais St.

Multiple speakers will discuss jobs, safer roads and local control of transportation. Among the guests listed in a news release are Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin, Richland County Council chairman Kelvin Washington and Lee Bussell, chairman of the board of the Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce.

The event is open to the public.

On Nov. 6, voters will decide a sales-tax for transportation that would last 22 years and generate more than $1 billion for roads, bus service and the expansion of bike lanes, sidewalks and greenways.

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