Paving on Gaddy Street and Hagan Street got underway on Monday as part of the second 1-cent Capital Projects Sales Tax Referendum.

Deconstructing the third coin: 11 proposed infrastructure projects in Sumter

Of the 34 initiatives proposed for a one-penny gross sales tax, 11 fall underneath the class of infrastructure initiatives for metropolis and county degree.

A 3rd spherical of a 1% capital gross sales tax has been proposed to proceed the 1-cent tax that strikes pennies into an initiative to fund group initiatives for seven years. The initiative is known as “Penny for Progress,” a referendum accredited by Sumter voters first in 2008 and once more in 2014 to fund capital initiatives. Throughout that point, the gross sales tax by no means elevated; It has been on a 1-cent gross sales tax since 2008, the identical penny being taxed right now.

The third penny is predicted to safe $117 million over seven years to fund 34 initiatives totaling $107,266,500.

Of the 34 initiatives, 13 are situated inside the prefecture, whereas 12 are situated within the metropolis. Within the county, there’s one challenge in Mayesville, and 4 in Pinewood. The remaining 4 are joint ventures between the town and county.

Penny for Progress retained a gross sales tax of 1 cent for 14 years. It’s now as much as Sumter County voters to resolve whether or not they wish to proceed this system to fund group initiatives that fall into 4 fundamental classes: public security, infrastructure, transportation, utilities, and high quality of life. As a result of it is a gross sales tax, initiatives are funded by anybody spending cash in Sumter County, not simply residents.

To arrange voters for the referendum query that may seem on the November 8 midterm ballots, Sumter Component breaks initiatives down by class right into a four-part collection. That is the second within the collection.

The initiatives included within the ballot are organized by begin date.

Half Two: Infrastructure

5 of the 11 initiatives on this class are within the county, three are within the metropolis, two are within the city of Pinewood, and one is a city-county three way partnership.

It was ranked No. 3 on the county’s complete record of highway paving and resurfacing with a complete of $16 million, in response to a submission made by County Administrator Gary Mixon to Sumter County Board on Sept. 27. A complete of 20.78 miles of filth are scheduled to be paved, whereas a complete of seven.07 roads are deliberate to be resurfaced.

This was an enormous increase that rural folks echoed at group conferences held earlier than the referendum query was requested.

For the second pilgrimage, present gross sales tax, paving 19.5 miles of filth roads is deliberate for $8.9 million, and resurfacing 18.18 miles of highway is deliberate for $3.1 million.

The seventh challenge, which can begin its motion with the third penny, is the acquisition of an industrial land of 76 acres within the “Gibbs web site” at a value of 1.6 million {dollars}. Mixon mentioned the situation is outdoors US 521 South, subsequent to Nova Molecular.

The boycott’s objective with this buy is to recruit producers for Sumter’s future financial progress to the commercial sector.

Mixon famous that there are two extra industrial park infrastructure initiatives that may increase the county’s financial progress and each will observe the Gibbs web site.

$1.3 million can be allotted to the Black River Industrial Park for highway and web site works and utility extensions to boost marketability and web site readiness to make use of world producers. Pocotaligo Industrial Park will see the identical amount of cash for a similar enhancements.

After the county’s industrial park initiatives, the town challenge is ranked tenth on the great referendum record.

A complete of $6 million can be allotted to the US 378 Security Connection Challenge to enhance higher and secure connectivity to the northern and southern communities surrounding US Bypass 378 at each Wesmark Boulevard and Miller Highway.

The challenge got here after the group raised considerations about pedestrian security after the loss of life of a 9-year-old boy who was hit by a automobile whereas crossing a busy freeway on February 2.

“A few of that’s already being studied in the meanwhile,” Mixon mentioned. “We count on to have the ability to withdraw extra {dollars} from different sources throughout the nation,” he added.

After that, one other metropolis challenge will begin for the security of the intersection. A complete of $1.5 million can be allotted to enhance security of intersections close to “key amenities,” together with faculties and group facilities. This is applicable solely to amenities inside Sumter Metropolis.

Leaping to quantity 27 on the record is a metropolis challenge to construct a two-story parking storage in downtown Sumter at a value of $6.5 million. Mixon mentioned it is a proposal for the property on the nook of Hampton Road and Harvin Road the place the previous regulation enforcement heart is situated.

Subsequent, Sumter County Airport will see a $1 million improve to the ability. The plan is to construct a ten,000-square-foot barn entrance to spice up the county’s industrial employment.

This may assist massive industries get to factories sooner and within the county, Mixon mentioned.

Subsequently, paving of roads for the Pinewood space will start at a complete value of $900,000. This may pave 1.11 miles of filth highway, which Mixon famous is on a smaller scale in comparison with countywide paving.

A joint metropolis and county dock challenge and group exercise path will observe a $3.5 million group to increase the town and county’s community of sidewalks to raised join faculties, parks, and industrial districts.

It is going to be the ultimate infrastructure challenge for the city of Pinewood. A complete of $900,000 can be used to increase the town’s docks and bus shelters.

This collection will proceed tomorrow with the Utilities class.

The data for this text was supplied by the Sumter County Authorities and the Metropolis of Sumter.

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