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Greenville County Council, School Board Approve Tax Hike Proposals

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Two different Greenville County meetings were held at the same time, Tuesday night. Both voted on actions that could raise your taxes. Two different Greenville County meetings were held at the same time, Tuesday night. Both voted on actions that could raise your taxes.
GREENVILLE, S.C. - Two different Greenville County meetings were held at the same time, Tuesday night. Both voted on actions that could raise your taxes.

The County Council approved a ballot referendum to let you vote on a 1% sales tax increase, while the Greenville County School Board approved a tax hike for motorists and small business owners.

Both measures passed in 8-3 votes.

Here's what that means for you at home, starting with the County Council's decision.

On Election Day this November, Greenville voters will get to choose if they want to increase sales taxes by one percent for an eight year stretch. If approved, the estimated 65 million dollars raised each year would fund road and bridge improvements in the county, outlined by a special committee earlier this year. This includes a parallel route to alleviate congestion along Woodruff Road.

Bob knight with “Citizens for a Better Greenville” praised it as a step forward.

“It's a small amount to pay for a very needed infrastructure improvement,” said Knight.

Moving to the School Board's decision, the newly approved budget will raise taxes by nearly 4 percent on registered cars businesses, boats and rental houses in Greenville County. The measure does not raise taxes on homeowners.

The new budget leaves the district with a 12 million dollar gap between spending and revenue. The tax increase will make up about five million and the district will dip into its savings for the other seven million.

Bottom line, a 20 thousand dollar car will cost you an extra 6 dollars in taxes. Your tax dollars will go towards increasing teacher pay and bus driver salaries. It's an effort that Superintendent Buck Royster said will fix the driver shortage.

“When we run short on drivers, it impacts families, and it impacts the instructional program,” he said.

Royster said they walked a fine line to fund necessary increases while staying conservative.

Addie Hampton
Addie is a general assignment reporter covering Greenville, Pickens and Laurens Counties.
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