Charleston Co. School District one cent sales tax to go on 2020 ballot

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The Charleston County School District is planning on putting another one cent sales tax on the 2020 ballot.

CCSD officials said the district needs more schools and renovations, but it comes at a price and the voters will decide if it happens.

“We’re looking forward to another one cent sales tax,” CCSD COO Jeff Borowy said. “The other two were extremely successful.”

The last one cent sales tax was passed in 2014.

“We hope to by the end of it we have eight new schools and ten buildings that are renovated or expanded,” Borowy said.

Borowy also said the district wants to add new stadiums and purchase new land.

“It’s absolutely needed,” Borowy said. “Not only for construction, but we use it for capital maintenance and capital information technology replacement.”

Those funds pay for new flooring, bathrooms, and roofing.

The district hopes to have a master plan of where the schools will go and where that money will be allocated by next spring.

“I don’t know what schools yet, but we’ve done a lot of data analysis and review of the existing facilities that we have. We’ve talked to our educators to determine what we might possibly expand by growing or bring schools together,” Borowy said.

Borowy said the mission critical action decisions will also be a factor on what buildings are on the list.

The school board will approve the list in August of 2020 and then that list will go on the 2020 ballot.

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