A Penny More

Wilmington, NC – In South Carolina, the one-cent sales tax for road improvements kicks in Tuesday for Horry County shoppers.

The county calculates the tax will generate some $425,000,000 by the time it expires in 2014.

Last November Horry County voters approved the one-cent sales tax to pay for 15 specific road improvement projects.

Horry County spokesperson Lisa Bourceir says many miles of county roads are outdated.

We have about 800 miles of dirt roads in the county and this sales tax will help to pave 100 of those miles of dirt roads.

Bourceir says cars, gas and cigarettes will not be affected by the tax, but pretty much everything else will cost a penny more starting May 1st.