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BEAUFORT COUNTY, S.C. - As we first told you about last week, the Beaufort County Improvements Projects Commission completed a list of projects it will present to County Council to be put on the November ballot.

The list of about 20 projects are estimated to cost more than $220 million and would be funded through a proposed eight-year sales tax.

Two high-ticket projects--an arena and a separate outdoor sports complex---would be located at the University of South Carolina Beaufort. 

"Both of these are projects that couldn't be built by the University on its own, and they're projects that are intended to leverage the infrastructure that we already have here. We have the land, the roads, and most of the parking spaces and a campus with active students that is growing the future of this region," said Dr. Lynn McGee.

And the region would draw an influx of students and their dollars, officials say.

"To add athletic teams like basketball and volleyball, and to offer a richer campus life to students.We will even be able to host academic conferences so students can hear the faculty and experts talk about their area of interest and the research they are doing.

McGee says this sales tax is the only way to pay for these facilities, and because the county doesn't currently have any facilities like this-, they would be used by everyone and help attract more visitors.

"We would be able to leverage the county's investment in these beautiful facilities to bring more tourists, more families, and more people that have never been to beaufort county, give them a great time and hopefully invite them back."

The entire list of projects will go to County Council on June 23 rd. It must go through three readings and a public hearing before it goes to the November ballot. Then voters can decide.

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