A legislator is seeking an alternatives to pay for road maintenance.
State Rep. Raye Felder of Fort Mill pre-filed a bill that lets local governments ask voters to decide whether to levy up to a two-cent tax to a gallon of gasoline.
Felder, an insurance agent, said she models the idea after York County’s “pennies for progress” one-cent sales tax.
“I’ve realized that it takes a lot less money to maintain existing roads than it does to allow them to get is such state of disrepair that you have to start all over almost,” Felder said.
House bill 4356, pre-filed Dec. 3, calls for any money raised with the additional tax to stay in the county.
In York County, voters have approved a one-cent sales tax three times since 1997, collecting more than $500 million to build new roads.
Felder said that is an investment: “In order to have economic development and a commercial tax base, you must have the roads to get the attention of the companies and the industries that want to expand.”
A similar bill was introduced in the state Senate earlier last year by Sen. Greg Gregory, a Lancaster Republican.
Andrew Kiel, WRHI, contributed to this report.