Senn delivers $3.4 Million in additional road funding to Charleston County

Senn delivers $3.4 Million in additional road funding to Charleston County
March 07 13:14 2018 Print This Article

When the General Assembly was working on a plan to increase fuels taxes in 2017, first-term Senator Sandy Senn negotiated a deal to increase local road funding to “donor counties” like Charleston which pay more in fuels taxes than they get back in what as know as C-Funds. As a result of the Senn deal, Charleston County will receive an addition $3.4 Million in local road funding from the state in 2018.

The highway bill, which will increase fuels taxes two cents per gallon each year until 2023, when they will reach 28.75 cents per gallon for gasoline and 30.75 for diesel. The current gasoline tax for Georgia is 29.3 cents per gallon and it is 39.1 cents per gallon in North Carolina. The increase in local funding kicked in July 1, 2017.

Senn recently conducted a flooding mitigation clearinghouse session at West Ashley High School, attended by about 50 people, mostly from West Ashley. Representatives form SCDOT, City of Charleston, Charleston County, St. Andrews Public Service District, James Island Public Service District and the Town of James Island were on-hand to address concerns residents had about flooding and drainage. Representatives from Senator Tim Scott’s office were there to serve as a liaison with FEMA to help constituents track their federal flood mitigation grants.

Engineer Bob Horner from Weston and Sampson was on-hand to answer question about the Church Creek Drainage Basin Study, which was completed in November 2017. The study report includes $44 Million in infrastructure improvements to improve the drainage system. The $3.4 Million in additional local road funding is enough to pay for one of the priority items, digging a 400-acre reservoir north and west of the Village Green subdivision on land which is currently undeveloped. Charleston County Council also has money available from the $2.1 Billion transportation sales tax approved by voters in 2016 to use for land purchases.