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Capital Project Sales Tax IV on the agenda for County Council’s special meeting

July 31, 2018

The proposed November referendum for Capital Project Sales Tax IV is expected to move a step closer to reality Tuesday during a special meeting of Aiken County Council.

The panel of elected officials is scheduled to consider the third and final reading of an ordinance that would pave the way for a countywide vote on the one-cent levy.

In addition, the ordinance would finalize the language in the ballot question.

The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. in Council Chambers at the Aiken County Government Center.

If approved by voters, Sales Tax IV would generate more than $160 million, which would be divided among the County, the City of Aiken, the City of North Augusta and eight small municipalities: Burnettown, Jackson, Monetta, New Ellenton, Perry, Salley, Wagener and Windsor.

The Aiken County Sales Tax Commission formulated the ballot question, which provides information on how the tax’s revenues would be distributed and what projects each recipient plans to fund.

Those projects include improvements on Whiskey Road, the construction of a new Aiken County Sheriff’s Office complex and the construction of a new headquarters for the North Augusta Department of Public Safety.

In addition during Tuesday’s meeting, County Council will consider a resolution that would authorize the County to proceed with a plan to relocate a portion of Dragon Lair Road that is located in the Sage Mill Industrial Park in Graniteville.

Part of Dragon Lair bisects a large area of land owned by Weldon Wyatt in Sage Mill, said Aiken County Administrator Clay Killian, and makes the property difficult to market for economic development.

The County wants close that portion of Dragon Lair, which is unpaved, and replace it with a new paved section that would run around the edge instead of through the land.

According to the resolution, the unpaved portion of Dragon Lair would not be closed until the construction of the new paved section is completed.

The County also has “filed a court action to close the road (where it bisects the Sage Mill property),” Killian said.

Also on the agenda for Tuesday’s meeting is a resolution to accept a $250,000 grant from the South Carolina Department of Commerce for Project Rhapsody, a proposed economic development initiative in Sage Mill.

The money would be used to pay for due diligence work, including the completion of a geotechnical study, according to the resolution.

The Government Center is at 1930 University Parkway.

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