Conflict over a proposed penny-on-the-dollar sales tax is dominating politics in Lexington County this fall.
Its fate will be decided at the polls Tuesday, along with another measure allowing sale of beer and wine by the package on Sundays.
The tax is the first of its type on the ballot since 2004 when a similar increase was approved for schools.
Supporters say the tax is the only way to pay for long-wanted improvements to reduce congestion and improve safety on roads as steady growth continues. Opponents mainly challenge inclusion of a handful of other projects – walking paths, sports fields, civic centers and parks – for communities where traffic isn’t a problem but facilities for families are lacking.
The tax would pay for at least $268.1 million in improvements for roads, water, sewer, drainage and other projects. It would last eight years, with groceries and prescription medicine exempt.
All ballot measures require simple majorities for approval.