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Now that it's passed, what's next for transportation tax?

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RICHLAND COUNTY, SC (WIS) -

Once the Richland County election results are certified, community leaders will start planning projects financed by the newly-passed transportation tax.

Richland County staff will then brief the County Council on a proposed timeline for the projects that will be paid for with the tax.

Starting May 1, 2013, people shopping in Richland County will pay and additional penny for every dollar spent.  

Among projects that could be funded with the revenues from the tax: development of Williams Street in Columbia's Vista neighborhood, which runs parallel to the Congaree River between Senate and Blossom streets.

Supporters of the tax say it could encourage economic development in the area.

There are dozens of other project proposals involving roads, intersections, bike and pedestrian paths, and greenways.

CMRTA, the Midlands bus system, will finally have a stable source of funding for operations and expansion.

It's not clear yet which of the non-bus projects will get underway first after the county begins collecting the tax.

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