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Greenville Co Council Approves Committee To Research Road Tax

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Dozens of posters gathered outside of Monday's county council meeting to voice their frustration over a possible sales tax increase to fix roads in Greenville County Dozens of posters gathered outside of Monday's county council meeting to voice their frustration over a possible sales tax increase to fix roads in Greenville County
GREENVILLE, S.C. -

Dozens of posters gathered outside of Monday's county council meeting to voice their frustration over a possible sales tax increase to fix roads in Greenville County.

If Greenville County increases the sales tax by one percent it could generate $65 million a year.

"This is about taking money from the poor and middle class and giving money to the rich and powerful in this county that wants to fund pet projects so they can get votes," said protester and Chairman of the Republican Liberty Caucus Joshua Cook.

At Monday night's Greenville County Council meeting members debated moving forward with the idea of adding the sales tax increase to the November 2014 ballot.

Greenville County Council voted 8-4 to move forward with first creating a committee to look at road problems.

The committee, the Citizens Roads Advisory, will then compile a list of recommended road improvements and related projects.

However some protesters and some council members say the entire process is moving too fast, and they want more input.

"Had we done this in the regular channels then I would of felt more comfortable with this. And I think the public would have felt more comfortable," said Greenville County Council Vice Chairman Willis Meadows.

County Council will now decide how many people will serve on the Citizens Roads Advisory and how members are appointed.

The procedure will be finalized at the next Greenville County Council meeting.

Taxpayers will also have the opportunity to voice opinions during the public comment time.

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