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Beaufort Co. Discusses Capital Improvements

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BEAUFORT COUNTY, S.C. -

Beaufort County needs some improvements.

$27 million is what's needed to fix the many roads, buildings, and infrastructure in Beaufort County according to County Council Chairman, Paul Sommerville but that's not happening overnight.

"We like to stay ahead of the curve, we don't want to wait and say look the roof just fell in over here we need some money, what do you guys think about this, do you want a penny sales tax or do you want us to raise your taxes, no we try to stay ahead of it."

But those may be the two payback options council has to consider if they barrow this money.

"Sales tax of course, always has an advantage because it takes money from a lot of folks that are not Beaufort residents."

Council was told that an increase in the millage rate over the next twenty years could also pay back the money. What would that meant to you?

Well, for someone owning a $200,000 home it would be roughly an $11 increase in property taxes per year for the next two decades.

"Whether or not there's a millage increase depends on whether there are other funds available, and how critical it is, at some point, if its critical and everybody agrees that we have to do it, than that's the choice that we have to face."

But neither choice will be made without voter approval. On a referendum.

"In other words voters will see exactly what we're recommending needs to be repaired or replaced, or built, and they can decide whether they think those are worthy of barrowing x million dollars to do that."

Sommerville says they are hopeful they can get this on the ballot by November.

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