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      SC Supreme Court to decide on Florence Co. penny sales tax referendum

      The State Supreme Court will not grant a temporary injunction to stop an upcoming vote on extending Florence County's penny sales tax, but justices will hear the case in the coming weeks, according to Florence County Council Chairman James Schofield.

      Florence County, is fighting a lawsuit filed by the South Carolina Attorney General's Office and the state Department of Revenue.

      The agencies sued the county saying its referendum to extend the penny sales tax is illegal.

      The lawsuit asked the Supreme Court to stop the county's November 5th referendum for the extension of the penny sales tax.

      Instead of a temporary injunction, the state's highest court agreed to hear the case on October 1st.