Local lawmakers pushing for future ‘pennies for potholes’ programs

Posted February 14, 2013 6:38 pm | Filed under Local News

Future Pennies for Progress programs in York County could include Pennies for Potholes if some Rock Hill City Council members and state lawmakers representing this area get their wish.

For that to happen, lawmakers would have to update state law to allow for future programs, like York County’s Pennies For Progress sales tax to include road maintenance.

It’s something Rock Hill Mayor Doug Echols supports.

State Representative Gary Simrill says the elected officials agree that future Pennies for Progress referenda should include road maintenance projects.

State Representative Gary Simrill says York County gets state gas tax revenue for road maintenance.  But he says that is not nearly enough York County grew by 37 percent between 2000 and 2010 while South Carolina as a whole grew just 15 percent.