Senn negotiates more road funds for Charleston County

Senn negotiates more road funds for Charleston County
May 27 20:36 2017 Print This Article

The South Carolina General Assembly voted to increase the taxes on gasoline and diesel fuel for the first time in 30 years and over-rode Governor Henry McMaster’s veto. The tax will increase from 16.75 cents per gallon to 18.75 cents per gallon on July 1 and will eventually increase to 28.75 cents per gallon in 2023. The fuels tax rate in neighboring Georgia and North Carolina is currently 29.3 cents per gallon and 39.1 cents per gallon, respectively.

State Senator Sandy Senn, who represents most of West Ashley, James Island, Johns Island and parts of Dorchester County, negotiated a deal to increase gas tax funding to donor counties from 2.66 cents per gallon to 3.99 cents per gallon. Charleston County, one of 14 South Carolina counties which pays in more than it takes in from the County transportation funds share, will receive an additional $3.8 Million, effective July 1. 2018, according to a Senate Finance Committee projection.

South Carolina currently has the second lowest fuels tax in the country behind Alaska, which collects 11.3 cents per gallon. Pennsylvania has the highest fuels tax at 50.5 cents per gallon.