The South Carolina House on Wednesday sent to their Senate counterparts a bill that would set aside roughly half of higher-than-expected revenue for counties to repair existing roads.
In a unanimous vote Tuesday, the House approved a “supplemental” budget dictating how to spend roughly $373 million in additional General Fund revenue. The funds were made available last month after the state’s Board of Economic Advisors predicted an improving economy would bring in additional revenue than originally expected this upcoming year.
Lawmakers are trying to pass the supplemental budget quickly, as the House and Senate have halted negotiations the full fiscal year 2016 budget until it passes. Senators are expected to push for a larger share dedicated to road repairs.
The House plan would provide county transportation councils with $150 million in total nonrecurring revenue to be used on maintenance of state-owned secondary roads. The language clarifies the money can only be used for roads (rather than sidewalks or public transit, for instance) that are not otherwise eligible for federal funding.