There is a statewide Constitutional amendment question that will be on the ballots on Tuesday, and two counties have questions that voters will see as well.
The statewide question deals with how the lieutenant governor is elected. Here's the question you'll see:
Beginning with the general election of 2018, must Section 8 of Article IV of the Constitution of this State be amended to provide that the Lieutenant Governor must be elected jointly with the Governor in a manner prescribed by law; and upon the joint election to add Section 37 to Article III of the Constitution of this State to provide that the Senate shall elect from among the members thereof a President to preside over the Senate and to perform other duties as provided by law; to delete Sections 9 and 10 of Article IV of the Constitution of this State containing inconsistent provisions providing that the Lieutenant Governor is President of the Senate, ex officio, and while presiding in the Senate, has no vote, unless the Senate is equally divided; to amend Section 11 to provide that the Governor shall fill a vacancy in the Office of Lieutenant Governor by appointing a successor with the advice and consent of the Senate; and to amend Section 12 of Article IV of the Constitution of this State to conform appropriate references?
A 'Yes' vote will require, from 2018 onward, the Governor and Lieutenant Governor to run on the same ticket and be elected to office jointly. As a result, the Lieutenant Governor will no longer preside over the Senate and the Senate will elect their presiding officer from within the Senate body.
A 'No' vote maintains the current method of electing the Governor and Lieutenant Governor separately. The Lieutenant Governor shall continue to serve as President of the Senate.
In Georgetown County, a referendum question will ask voters about increasing the sales tax by one percent. Here's the question that will be on the ballots:
Must a special one percent sales and use tax be imposed in Georgetown County for not more than eight (8) years from the date of imposition to raise the amounts specified for the following purposes?
1. Winyah Bay Dredging $ 5,500,000
2. Murrells Inlet Dredge Spoil Site 1,800,000
3. Road Paving Projects 5,200,000
4. Black River Road Improvements (Georgetown) 1,000,000
5. Parkersville Road Improvements (Waccamaw) 1,310,000
6. Big Dam Fire Station 750,000
7. Countywide Rural Fire Substations 750,000
8. Waccamaw Library 2,810,000
9. Sampit/Santee Library 2,000,000
10. Georgetown Library 6,500,000
11. Andrews Regional Recreation Center 3,750,000
12. Northwest Regional Recreational Center - Choppee 3,750,000
13. Multipurpose Field Complex - 8 Oaks (Georgetown) 470,000
14. Bikeways (Waccamaw) 500,000
15. Regional Parks - Running Track 225,000
16. Community Park Enhancements 600,000
17. Tee Ball/Coach Pitch Facility - Catclaw Park (Andrews) 950,000
18. Wachesaw Park Improvements (Waccamaw) 1,170,000
19. Multipurpose Field(s) - Olive Park (Andrews) 300,000
20. Waccamaw Regional Recreation Center Sports Court 40,000
21. Tennis Courts - 8 Oaks (Georgetown) 450,000
Conditions and Restrictions on the Use of Sales and Use Tax Revenue Collected Under the Capital Project Sales Tax Act:
The capital project sales and use tax shall be used and expended for procurement, design, engineering, project management, construction or improvement of the capital improvements for recreational, public safety, library, and other governmental service purposes listed above. Net proceeds of the capital project sale and use tax, if approved, must be expended for the purpose stated, in the priority listed above although projects may be funded simultaneously. Net proceeds of the capital project sales and use tax, if approved, may be used to pay debt service on bonds, if any, issued to pay the cost of certain projects. The expenditures of revenues from the capital projects sales and use tax, if approved, shall be subject to acquisition of property, right-of-way, design and engineering considerations, funding of projects from other sources, bids in excess of project estimates, qualifications of bidders, cost overruns, financing costs, exhaustion of insufficiency of net sales and use tax revenues to complete the projects in the order and priority stated above, and other unforeseen circumstances and conditions.
INSTRUCTIONS FOR VOTERS: All qualified electors of the County desiring to vote in favor of imposing the tax for the stated purposes as outlined above and subject to the limitations and conditions set forth above shall vote "YES" and all qualified electors opposed to levying the tax shall vote "NO".
In Marlboro County, there will be two local questions on the ballot. One question deals with a one percent sales and use tax and the other deals with $20,000,000 general obligation bonds. Both questions deal with building a new kindergarten through eighth grade school in Wallace. Here are the questions:
One percent sales and use tax
Shall a special sales and use tax of one percent be imposed in Marlboro County for twenty-five years in order to raise revenues, which will be applied to pay directly the cost of or to pay debt service on general obligation bonds issued to defray the cost of school facilities in the School District of Marlboro County including but not limited to a new K-8 school in the Wallace area?
$20,000,000 general obligation bonds
Shall the Board of Education of the School District of Marlboro County, South Carolina (the "School District"), be empowered to issue, at one time or from time to time, general obligation bonds of the School District, in a principal amount of not exceeding $20,000,000, the proceeds of which shall be used to finance the cost of land acquisition (if necessary), constructing and equipping (including technology) school facilities within the School District, as follows:
A new K-8 school in the Wallace Area on the site of the existing Wallace Elementary Middle School unless that site is found to be unsuitable in which case the new school would be constructed on a site as close as practicable to the existing site?