Georgetown County voters to decide whether to help fund port dredging

When Georgetown County voters go to the polls this fall, they'll be asked to decide if a 1-cent sales tax will be implemented to help fund vital capital projects, including dredging at the Port of Georgetown.

The County Council voted unanimously Tuesday to put the issue on the upcoming fall election ballot in the form of a countywide referendum.

If approved, the 1-cent sales tax would go into effect on May 1, 2015 and will last for 4 years.

It is anticipated the tax would generate about $7 million per year, for a total of $28 million during the life of the tax.

These funds would be used to pay for projects in three key areas: Dredging, countywide road improvements and enhancements to fire and rescue service.

The county plans to educate voters on the referendum question between now and Election Day.