Richland County voters talk about their penny sales tax vote

November 7, 2012 

The State asked Richland County voters if they supported the 1-cent increase in transportation sales tax. Here are some responses.


“Yes, given the fact that anything that increases economic development and infrastructure improvement is always good for not only the county but the people here. A lot comes through the city in the terms of transportation and tourism.”

Charles Hickman, 23, associate chief of client relations at RTT, Columbia


“No. I have a lot of concern about giving the people in charge more money.”

Janet Keith, 77, retired teacher, Forest Acres


“Yes, because the roads and bridges need work. It’s important to fix them and save wear and tear on automobiles.”

Ulysses Webber Jr., 55, Michelin Tires, Dentsville


“No. They’re politicians. They’ve got enough money as it is.”

John Mills, 62, disabled, Columbia


“Yes, because South Carolina is behind the times. People don’t have good enough means of getting to work, school, the bank, and so on.”

Andrea Hughlett, 47, disabled, Blythewood


“Yes. I just feel that we don’t have a very good system as far as public transportation. And I know someone who’s an engineer on the program, and I think it would be good for the community.”

Joan Hofteizer, 45, banker, Columbia


University of South Carolina journalism students Haley Willard, Sarah Ellis, Ashley Castor and Sean Creeden compiled this report.

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