Richland Co. penny tax fails by narrow margin

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Richland county voters have decided, by a narrow margin, not to allow a penny to be added to the county's sales tax.

The tally came down to 2,168 votes with 58,543 voting against the sales and use tax and 56,375 voting for it, a 1.88 percent margin.

A yes vote would have raised the sales tax in Richland County from 7 cents to 8 cents on the dollar for the next 25 years.

The tax was to be used for roads, greenways, sidewalks and public transportation.

The second question on the ballot related to the asked if bond could be taken out to start construction projects.  Voters also said no.

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