County staff mull possibility, feasibility of fourth ‘Pennies’ program

Posted February 20, 2013 6:52 pm | Filed under Local News

A fourth Pennies for Progress program may be in York County’s future as the county’s engineering arm considers the possibility and feasibility of new and existing road construction and improvement projects.

County staff met Wednesday to discuss the efforts of the widely popular one-cent sales tax that was approved for a third time in 2011.

Program Manager Phil Leazer says in the event a fourth Pennies program is presented to York County Council, serious considerations will have to be made to consider the price of oil.

Leazer says while ultimate authority for such a program must come from County Council, county staffers will have to figure out a way to organize the budgeting process in such a way to account for future increases in material costs.

The 2011 Pennies referendum passed with 82 percent approval.

Over the years, Pennies projects have funded major road improvements along S.C. 5, Interstate 77 and S.C. 161.