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Greenville County Council to vote on moving penny sales tax forward

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Greenville County Council met to discuss the penny sales tax on Tuesday. (May 6, 2014/FOX Carolina) Greenville County Council met to discuss the penny sales tax on Tuesday. (May 6, 2014/FOX Carolina)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

A controversial 1 percent sales tax that would reportedly generate money for road improvements is moving forward after Tuesday's Greenville County Council meeting.

Before the meeting, the Committee of the Whole voted 8-3 in favor of sending the Transportation Projects Funding Referendum Ordinance to council for the first reading later in the evening.

The public was able to comment on the referendum before the reading.

If the referendum is approved by the County Council after the third reading later in the year, it will head to the November ballot for the voters to decide.

Supporters for both sides of the issue were seen outside the meeting on Tuesday evening.

A family with two children who support the tax were seen holding signs that said "Sidewalks for Summit."

Others were seen wearing green shirts holding signs protesting new taxes. 

The South Carolina representative for the Americans for Prosperity group said he was against raising taxes of any kind and against the growth of government.

In October 2013, the County Council voted 7-4 to move forward with the discussion on the tax. 

Since then, Greenville Citizen's Road Advisory Commission has presented a list of road projects to the County Council, which included ways to help alleviate traffic on highways including Woodruff Road.

The projects proposed by the commission could be funded by the sales tax.

The second reading and public hearing will be held on May 20.

It takes three readings for the referendum to pass.

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