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Posted on: November 1, 2023

Information about the 2023 Capital Project Sales Tax Referendum

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When you head to the polls on Election Day, you can expect to see a question pertaining to the 2023 Capital Project Sales Tax Referendum.

Below is some information that should serve as an educational resource, so that you feel prepared to make a decision on Election Day.

  • Spartanburg County maintains more than 1,730 miles of roadway—which, if you stretched out in a straight line, would go from here to Arizona. SCDOT maintains more than 1,360 miles and the 14 municipalities maintain a combined 300+ miles. All together, that totals more than 3,400 miles of roadway within the county’s boundary (same distance from Spartanburg to Alaska).
  • We currently have a $500 million backlog as it relates to asphalt condition. Meaning it would take $500M—all being spent at one time—to bring all the county-maintained asphalt roads up to a brand-new condition. We need more than $35M annually just to maintain the current condition (OCI of 57.5). We would need significantly more to improve the state of our roads.
  • To put into perspective how expensive road projects can be, it typically costs around $1 million to pave and widen (to 24 ft) one mile of roadway; and it costs about $2.5 million to rebuild one mile of a County road (expand the road to 24’ and improve hills and curves).
  • If the 2023 Capital Project Sales Tax Referendum passes, unprepared foods (groceries) and prescription drugs (as well as certain medical supplies, such as diabetic therapies) would not be taxed.

To view a list of Frequently Asked Questions, the Ballot Question, and the full list of Proposed Projects, please click here.

There is also an interactive map that will allow you to see exactly where the projects would be, if the Referendum passes.

2017 Capital Project Sales Tax Referendum:
  • We have a Capital Project Sales Tax Referendum in place now that was approved by Spartanburg County voters in 2017. As promised, funds have been used specifically for a new Courthouse, Police Station, Emergency Operations Center and, soon, a Joint Government Complex (first of its kind in the state). As stated in the 2017 Referendum, any funds remaining after construction of those four projects would go to road improvement projects.
  • Essentially, the 2023 Capital Project Sales Tax would be a continuation of the current one, if the Referendum passes, meaning there is no new tax. It's a tax that's been in place over the past almost six years. To see the progress of the Capital Project Sales Tax that is currently in effect, please click here           .

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