Voters say keep the Penny in Florence County

FLORENCE,SOUTH CAROLINA (WMBF)  The people of Florence County will now see more than $145 million in improvements after the Penny Sales Tax passed. The capitol sales project passed tonight with 6,506 votes in favor and 3,732 against.

There are still some provisional votes that need to be counted but officials don't expect the numbers to change based on those last minute figures, which will be counted on Thursday. It is estimated that more than 10,000 voters cast their ballots at polls across Florence County today.

The new tax voted on Wednesday, is set to begin in May after the present tax expires in April. The passing of this new Penny Tax means that numerous roads will be paved, a new Emergency Radio system will be purchased for the County and fire equipment will be updated throughout the county.

"This is a huge victory for the people of Florence County," said James Schofield Florence County Chairman. "It means that a lot of many-needed road projects will get done. People will get water lines, people will get a new radio system, the veterans will get a veterans affair building."

This new tax will begin on May 1, 2014. It will be in place for seven years.

Schofield said a few months after the May first starting date, the first of the $145 million in projects will begin.

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