Richland County, SC — Many citizens have recently experienced an increase in the sales tax on groceries and nutritional necessities because of the new transportation sales tax in Richland County. The demand for these items is largely inelastic, and purchases cannot be significantly lessened. This is burdensome on many with limited resources.
This seems grossly unfair, especially to the underprivileged.
The penny-on-the-dollar sales tax increase was largely presented to the voters as a necessity to retain and maintain public transportation. While this is justified, much of the tax will be used for other purposes that will be of little or no benefit to the underprivileged.
Our political leaders should review this matter without delay.