Penny sales tax at work in Anderson District Five

ANDERSON, SC (WSPA) - In about three years, the penny sales tax in Anderson County has generated more than $63 million for capital projects in the county's school districts.

Anderson District 5 is the largest school district receiving 40 percent of the money collected. To date, it's received just $25,393,269.93.

Superintendent Tom Wilson tells 7news that the money has paid for a number of athletic and academic improvements.

"Currently we are building the Anderson Institute of Technology which is a joint project between Anderson School Districts 3,4 and 5. We were able to fund 1 to 1 technology from 1st grade through 12th all our students have chromebooks paid for by the penny sales tax," Wilson said.

Both high schools received necessary improvements including roof fixes, new tennis court surfaces, lighting, synthetic turf and stadium improvements.
Now the penny sales tax will fund school projects for at least another 13 years and Wilson said he hopes it will pass again to continue improving education in Anderson County.

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