SPARTANBURG COUNTY, S.C. (WSPA) – Greenville County leaders are discussing paying back taxpayers for a road maintenance fee because it’s been ruled unconstitutional. Spartanburg County Council votes on doing the same Monday with a similar fee.
The road maintenance fee is now $15 as opposed to the $25 it was, previously.
$10 was ruled unconstitutional by the SC Supreme Court. The Upstate attorneys said the $15 you’re still paying was put into place in the late 90’s and grandfathered in. A $10 tax increase came a couple years ago and was said to be unconstitutional because it was being disguised as a fee.
“In light of the Supreme Court’s ruling, it was a pretty easy decision for our council to do away with it,” said Spartanburg County Chairman Manning Lynch.
Some drivers tell us they don’t mind a fee if it’ll improve roads. A final reading of the ordinance to remove the fee is tonight in Spartanburg.