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Penny sales tax headed to Nov. ballot in Greenville Co.

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The County Council voted 8-3 in favor of the referendum at Tuesday's meeting. (June 3, 2014/FOX Carolina) The County Council voted 8-3 in favor of the referendum at Tuesday's meeting. (June 3, 2014/FOX Carolina)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

A penny sales tax to fund road projects is headed to the November ballot in Greenville County.

The County Council voted 8-3 in favor of the referendum, which would raise sales tax in the county by 1 percent for eight years, or once the necessary funds are raised.

Officials said the increase would raise $65 million annually.

They said the monies would then be applied towards a list of projects, which mostly include improvements to roadways and bridges, but also for things like sidewalks, crosswalks and bike paths.

The list was recently put together by a citizens committee appointed by the county council. The list prioritizes the projects based on where the committee felt there was the most need.

Projects atop the roads improvement list include the creation of a parkway parallel to Woodruff Road that is expected to ease traffic. That project would create a 3-mile-long, 5-lane road that would run from Miller Road to Verdae Boulevard, crossing over Interstate 85.

Other proposed improvements and projects include dozens of widening, lane editions and turning lane/signals additions across the county.

If voters approve the referendum in November, the costs of the four types of projects funded by the tax will not exceed $673,193,630, according to the ordinance. Click here to read the full ordinance that was approved, which includes a list of the numerous projects.

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