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Old 11-05-2013, 01:33 PM
 
Location: SC
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Even though there was a huge surplus of $58 Mil this year,

http://www.thegreenvillepost.com/201...ales-tax-hike/

they want to raise the sales tax by one percent which would mean you'd pay 16 percent more in sales tax than you do now on retail purchases. Now for $10k in purchases, you pay another $600 in sales tax. Raising it 0ne percent would mean you'd [pay another $100 on top of that. They are calling it a "penny" tax but it is HARDLY that.

They say they'll put it on the ballot as a referendum but why have it on a ballot at all? Aren't they already doing a good job separating us from our money. Why if they have a SURPLUS should they get anymore?

It is tonight at 6 in the council chambers on Univ. Ridge. in Greenville. Come and show your opposition to this unnecessary tax increase.
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Old 11-05-2013, 02:02 PM
 
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This tax is designed to improve the roads in Greenville County. I'm no fan of taxes but it wouldn't be hard to argue that local roads need substantial improvement that isn't likely to happen with the current SC gas tax. I don't live in Greenville county but if I did I might come to the meeting to support putting the referendum on the ballot.
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Old 11-05-2013, 02:42 PM
 
Location: home state of Myrtle Beach!
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Nope. I wholeheartedly support this! Our roads suck...they need to be fixed. The State is not keeping our roads maintained as they should, even though we give them lots of money to do so. I rarely drive outside Greenville County so I would benefit greatly from this. And it won't cost me what your calculations show because I don't spend that much money on items that are not considered food.

Put it on the ballot; let the voters decide! I believe they have to do it this way and maybe you'll get your wish of no new taxes when that happens. But I will vote YES if given the chance.
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Old 11-05-2013, 02:56 PM
 
Location: Greenville, SC
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I agree with the other posters. No thanks emilybh. Even though I don't live in Greenville County anymore I do work there and support this sales tax referendum mainly because I am sick of driving over pot holes that does who knows what to my vehicle besides just knocking it out of alignment. Let the voters decide if they want their roads fixed or not.
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Old 11-05-2013, 03:45 PM
 
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Let the voters decide next year, which is what they are proposing.
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Old 11-05-2013, 04:36 PM
 
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I am all for this tax. I think I will show up to support it. Thanks for letting us know about the meeting!
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Old 11-05-2013, 04:41 PM
 
Location: home state of Myrtle Beach!
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I am very surprised by the support but I realize that's because we all know just how bad the roads here really are. I hope the rest of the county supports this.

Something I am unsure of, maybe someone knows, would this tax be applied to food as well as normal sales?
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Old 11-05-2013, 05:10 PM
 
Location: South Carolina
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I am all for improving roads for the roads that need improvements. We do not need to waste money on unnecessary projects. Cut out funding from those areas, invest them into roads and have no need to increase taxes.
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Old 11-05-2013, 06:17 PM
 
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Don't live in area so can't. But my reaction is how do you know that money will be properly spent on what they claim they ear marking it for. Happens all the time once they get the money they do what they please anyway.
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Old 11-05-2013, 06:35 PM
 
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Haven't Sales Tax increases already been defeated by voters several times already in Greenville County in recent years? Why give the state another excuse to spend money on roads in other parts of the state? Sorry just don't see this tax becoming a reality. Waste of time again on the part of council.
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