Following is the wording of the dual sales-tax questions Richland County voters will see at the bottom of Nov. 2 ballots.
Voters will be asked to vote “yes” or “no” to each question.
A “yes” vote on both questions means the voter wants the county to borrow the money to start construction projects as soon as possible.
A “no” vote on both questions means the voter does not want the sales tax to increase or the projects to be done, period.
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A “yes” to the first question (on the sales tax) and “no” to the second question (on the bond issue) means the voter does not want the county to borrow the money but instead to take a pay-as-you-go approach to paying for projects over the next 25 years.
Richland County Special Sales and Use Tax
Question 1: I approve a special sales and use tax in the amount of one percent (1%) to be imposed in Richland County, South Carolina (the “County”) for not more than twenty-five (25) years, or until a total of $1,023,000,000 in sales tax revenue has been collected, whichever occurs first. The sales tax revenue will be used to pay the costs of the following projects:
Project: 1: Improvements to highways, roads (paved and unpaved), streets, intersections, and bridges including related drainage system improvements.
Project 2: Continued operation of mass transit services provided by Central Midlands Regional Transit Authority including implementation of near, mid and long-term service improvements.
Project 3: Improvements to pedestrian sidewalks, bike paths, intersections and greenways.
Instructions to Voters:
All qualified electors desiring to vote in favor of levying the special sales and use tax shall vote YES and All qualified electors opposing to levying the special sales and use tax shall vote NO
Question 2: I approve the issuance of not exceeding $200,000,000 of general obligation bonds of Richland County , payable from the special sales and use tax described in Question 1 above, maturing over a period not to exceed twenty-five (25) years, to fund projects from among the categories described in Question 1 above.
Instructions to Voters:
All qualified electors desiring to vote in favor of the issuance of bonds for the stated purposes shall vote YES and All qualified electors opposing to the issuance of bonds for the stated purposes shall vote NO