A bill that could give Aiken County voters the option of approving a one-cent sales tax increase for school construction still isn’t a done deal yet, although two Aiken County House members remain confident.
The legislation will go to conference committee after the Senate could not get a concurrence with a House version of the bill.
Specifically, the measure would authorize the Aiken County Board of Education and others in the state to give voters the option of approving the sale tax increase. Ten percent of the revenue would be used to deduct property taxes. The rest would go for new school construction.
A committee will be comprised of three House and three Senate members to try and work things out and move the bill to S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley for her signature.
Three days remain in the legislative session. House members Bill Clyburn, D-Aiken, and Roland Smith, R-Warrenville, expect the measure to be approved.
“I feel certain, but nothing is ever guaranteed,” Smith said.