Public support growing for transportation tax referendum

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The Sea Island Corridor Coalition has joined with an expanding number of Beaufort County organizations to advocate passage of a one-cent transportation sales tax referendum on the November ballot.

 The one-cent increase is slated to raise $120 million over four years, with proceeds applied to $30 million for nine road improvement projects on Lady’s Island, $10 million for sidewalks and multi-use pathways serving schools and recreational sites in 24 locations throughout the county, and the remaining dollars providing initial funding for bridge replacement and traffic improvements for the Moss Creek to Squire Pope Road corridor on Hilton Head Island.

“For those of us who live on Lady’s Island or along the Sea Island Parkway corridor, this is our chance to make something big happen when it comes to traffic improvements on Lady’s Island,” said Chuck Newton, Coalition Chairman. “We spoke up, made the case, and the County Council has responded. Now, it’s up to us to say yes, and we get a chance to do that in November.” 

The Coalition has been instrumental in helping form a larger advocacy group for the sales tax, Citizens for Better Roads & Bridges. The group currently counts among its membership the Sea Island Corridor Coalition, the Lady’s Island Business & Professional Association, the Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Hilton Head-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce, and the Greater Island Council. More are expected to join.

Learn more at the Citizens’ website at sayyestothepenny.com.

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