The stories in the South Carolina media about the how the state prevailed over North Carolina in the battle for the Continental Tire Plant include one interesting fact that not many people have mentioned.
Sumter County, as part of its 1-cent “Penny for Progress” local option sales tax, had extended water and sewer lines past the site to the Pocotaligo Industrial Park on U.S. 521 South at a cost of $2 million.
That’s right. One of the reasons the jobs are going to Sumter County is that the voters there approved a one-cent local sales tax hike in 2008 to pay for infrastructure improvements, as well as new sidewalks, parks, and local road projects.
Meanwhile, the folks at the right-wing think tanks in North Carolina are doing everything they can to defeat proposed local-option sales tax increases on the ballot in four counties November 8.
No pennies for progress here if the right-wingers get their way.