Thursday, July 07, 2011

Mt Pleasant Voters reject sales tax hike meant for "little nagging things"

Mt. Pleasant voters overwhelmingly rejected a proposal to increase the city’s sales tax to the maximum amount allowed by state law.

After ballots were counted Tuesday night, almost 75 percent of voters opposed raising the tax from 2.25 percent to 2.75 percent.

The increase was expected to generate about $60,000 in additional revenue. The extra money, said City Manager Steve Huffer, could have paid for “little nagging things that need to be addressed that we didn’t have the money available for in our regular budget,” such as maintaining ball fields and patching up sidewalks and roads.