1 Cent Makes Sense: the potential penny tax for Aiken County

1 Cent Makes Sense: the potential penny tax for Aiken County

AIKEN COUNTY, SC (WFXG) - A new sales tax was proposed for Aiken County, and it all comes down to the difference of a penny.

The "1 Cent Makes Sense" campaign kicked off today in support of the new sales tax, and is headed up by Aiken County parents.

With three children who are products of the Aiken County School System, Dea Baldwin decided to step up and help start the campaign, something she that says will bring benefits that are long overdue to Aiken County schools.

"We've got terrific teachers, we've got hard working administrators, but the school environments are out of date," she said. 

A proposed sales tax bill is on the table for Aiken County to increase the current sales tax by just one penny to help rebuild Aiken County Schools.

"In South Carolina there are no federal or state dollars available for school facilities," Baldwin  said.

Half of the school buildings in Aiken County are 40 to 60 years old, and for parents like Tiffanie Roberts, she would love to see facilities rebuilt to join the 21st century.

"This is a great opportunity to do something for the schools that will allow my children to see the benefits of what's going on with North Augusta High School," Roberts said. "And there are other students throughout the community that will benefit from this as well." 

Both parents agree, it's time for Aiken County to step up to the plate and vote "yes" to give their children the schools they deserve.

"Columbia County has a 1-cent sales tax for schools, and Richmond County has a 1-cent sales tax for schools," Baldwin said. 

"The time is now, because if we don't do it now, four years from now we're just further behind. I really want to see my children go to a new North Augusta High School that's equipped to get them ready for the future," Roberts said.

There will be public meetings starting in about two weeks so people with any questions about the penny sales tax can come out and get some answers before the Nov. 4 elections.

If you still have questions about the penny sales tax, we have some helpful links for you. Click here to learn more about the "1 Cent Makes Sense" campaign. For a copy of the Penny Tax Ballot questions, click here, and for the complete list of Penny Tax information meetings, click here.

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