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Marion County votes to continue capital sales tax

November 8, 2018
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Northwest Mullins poll workers greet voters during the general election on November 6, 2018.

MARION, S.C. — Marion County voters approved extending the 1-cent capital sales tax during Tuesday’s general election, funding another round of capital projects.

Sixty percent of the votes approved the sales tax and use.

The Marion County Council will take out a general obligation bond to fund the projects. Marion County Administrator Tim Harper Harper said the county will be able to continue collecting for nine new projects at a total of cost of $13,977,745.

“We’re excited and happy the capital sales tax passed,” Harper said. “It was important to the citizens of Marion County because these projects were much needed projects. If we hadn’t done these projects through a capital sales tax we probably would have had to look at doing them through a property tax.”

The projects are Palmetto 800 P25 Solution statewide radio and mobile data system; expansion for the sheriff’s office and detention center; expansion project for the Green Street Sports Complex in the city of Marion; renovation of Marion City Hall; Mullins Recreation Department’s Park Street gym renovation; Mullins Recreation Center tennis courts; Marion County Library renovation; Nichols Centennial Park Amphitheatre and Sellers outdoor wellness center.

Alternate projects include Marion County recreational facilities expansion in the county, along with a runway expansion at the Marion County Airport and Phase 2 of the Marion County Sheriff’s Office and Detention Center expansion.

Harper said the projects are planned to start next year.

More than 10,009 voters turned out to cast their ballots. Up to 10,619 of the county’s 22,801 registered voters participated in the election.

Polling locations were active with lines of voters to start the day. Northwest polling precinct saw 258 people by noon. Southwest Mullins precinct had 330 voters by 1 p.m.

Marion No. 1 precinct was visited by 405 voters by 4:30 p.m. and Marion No. 2 had 525 votes before 5 p.m.

In the Mullins City Council election, Jo Sanders retained the District 2 seat against challenger Albert Woodberry. Sanders received 60 percent of the votes to 40 for Woodberry. Sanders is elected to her fourth team with 118 votes to 90.

Nichols Town Council at-large seats were filled by incumbents Michael Elliott and Estella Lee-Harrell.

Elliott lost a bid for town of Nichols mayor, challenging incumbent Lawson Battle. Battle won 78 votes to 56.

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