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Projects to be fixed by Florence's new capital sales tax

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FLORENCE, SC (WMBF) - Come November 5, the people of Florence County will be able to vote to keep the one cent tax or to discontinue it.

WMBF News went around Florence County to investigate some of the repairs the county says needs to be addressed through the capital sales project.

"One we had to take off-line about five to six years ago, due to lead paint and that tank is about eighty years old," said Gene Gainey, Mayor of Pamplico.

This is the water tank Pamplico Mayor Gene Gainey says is condemned by Department of Health and Environmental Control, and has been on the list of repairs for quite some time. Since this water tank is broken the town functions on the back up tank –which right now is in need of replacement parts.

"200,000 gallon tank that's out on River Road and it needs some repairs on it, and we have been working on trying to get a new tank since2009," said Gainey.

But the mayor added the town doesn't have the money to make these updates.

"We asked Florence County to put our water tank needs on the new one cent sales tax they're working on," said Gainey.

County Council did, and if the tax passes, the Town Of Pamplico will soon see some the updates.

Heading East to Cato Road, a dirt road; people who live along that road say they have been asking the county to pave the road for more than ten years.

As I drove down the road I noticed Mary Ann Johnson cleaning her yard – looking more like she was a doctor ready for surgery. Johnson wears a hospital mask when outside of her home due to the amount dirt that kicks up from the road.

"So many cars coming by and so much dust that I have had to go to the hospital because all of this dirt got into my lunges," Mary Ann Johnson said.

Beyond health concerns Mary Ann along with a few other neighbors complained of dust getting into their cars and homes. Cato Road is one of several roads listed to be paved if the people of Florence County say yes to the November sales tax

After stopping on Cato Road the Florence County Emergency Management Director told me about the problems the current emergency radio system gives to police, EMS and Firefighters.

"Basically our radio system has exceeded it life expectancy is over 20-years–old," said Dusty Owens.

Dusty Owens added there are no replacement parts for the system because the company doesn't make them anymore. And although functional right, now eventually it could cause some major problems.

"So if we were to have a significant failure firefighters, police officers, EMS, First responders would not be able to communicate with us or each other," said Owens

Come November 5 the people of Florence County will be able to vote to keep the one cent tax or to discontinue it. Officials say if it's discontinued, these projects will have to be funded other ways like higher property taxes or other means.

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