Flood damage to roads intensifies push for Lexington County penny tax

Road damage from recent flooding spurred Lexington County Council to agree Tuesday to move forward with a 2016 referendum on a penny sales tax increase for those repairs and other improvements.

No price tag for repairs is known, but county leaders expect the cost will rise well above a preliminary estimate of $10 million.

Dirt roads in the rural southern and western sections of the 758-square-mile county are “decimated,” ouncilman Todd Cullum of Cayce said.

Those routes total slightly more than half of the 1,200-mile network that county officials oversee.

So far, 55 roads – all but five of them unpaved – remain closed to traffic more than a week after flashfloods spawned by record rain washed out major sections and left crevices up to five feet deep, County Public Works director Wrenn Barrett said.

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  1. Better roads and infrastructure are desperately needed in Lexington. If we want for the state to fund this (assuming they ever do) it could be MANY years. I like others do not like additional taxes but if the penny taxes truly goes to roads and only roads, its a necessary evil.

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