Whitehall is in line to get all 60 of its roads repaired, under County Council's proposal to add a penny to the county's sales tax. If Council approves the proposal, it will go to a public vote in the fall.
What is in this county-wide tax proposal?
The time-limited, one-percent sales tax would fund road improvements throughout the county. If the proposal is approved by voters this fall, it will be in place for eight years beginning in spring of 2023. The county expects that road work could begin in the spring of 2024.
One advantage of using a sales tax to fund this work is that a substantial part of the money — an estimated 25 to 40 percent — would come from people who live outside Lexington County, while they are visiting or traveling through the county. The proposed tax would raise an expected $536 million to improve roads in the county, including resurfacing/repairing all 60 roads in Whitehall, according to county figures.
Projects in the proposal include:
- $382.2 million for road improvements, including $4.26 million for Whitehall's roads.
- $76.3 million to pave dirt roads.
- $69.5 million for intersection upgrades.
- $7.9 million to repair bridges.