1 cent sales tax passes in Spartanburg County

SPARTANBURG CO., S.C. (WSPA) – People will soon pay more sales tax in Spartanburg County.

Voters approved a one cent sales tax on Tuesday. Unofficial election results show that 16,901 voters – or 62 percent – voted for the referendum.

County officials have said the tax would generate $224 million over six years that would be used to construct new government buildings, including a courthouse. The current courthouse has been plagued with mold and safety issues.

In a rare move, Republican, Democratic, and Tea party members recently came together to voice support for the tax.

Sheriff Chuck Wright wrote the following on the referendum Facebook page: “I, like everyone else, do not like taxes. However, if we don’t pass the penny sales tax increase, I have no clue how we will be able to build a much-needed courthouse.”

The tax is expected to take effect in May 2018 and expire in 2024.

The tax does not apply to groceries, prescription medications, gas, and sales of personal property exempt from state sales tax, according to officials.

Read or tap here to read more about the tax.

Here are the unofficial results with 97 percent of precincts reporting:

Spartanburg County Referendum Spartanburg Co. 97% Reporting
Yes 16,901 62%
No 10,159 38%

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