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Bill Would Let SC Counties Raise Their Own Gas Tax to Fix Roads

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COLUMBIA, S.C. -

One of the bills prefiled in the South Carolina House would allow counties to ask voters whether they want to raise their own gas tax, with the money staying in the county to improve roads.

Now, the state collects a gas tax of about 16 cents a gallon. That’s the fourth-lowest gas tax in the nation, and it hasn’t been increased since 1987. State lawmakers have rejected bills to raise the state gas tax, but finding a way to pay for needed road and bridge improvements is one of the biggest issues they’re facing. The state DOT says it needs

That’s where the bill, prefiled by Rep. Raye Felder, R-Fort Mill, would come in. County leaders would decide how much the local option gas tax would be, up to two cents a gallon. They would also decide how many years the tax would be collected. Then voters in that county would decide whether they want to pay more at the pump for better roads.

Counties that get a lot of tourists, or that have interstates running through them, might be more interested in raising a local gas tax, since the visitors who use those local roads would be shouldering some of the extra costs to improve them.

Lawmakers go back into session in January.

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