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Lexington approves meal tax to pay for road improvements

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Staff Report
Published Sept. 9, 2015

Lexington Town Council officially approved a 2% meal tax Tuesday in order to help pay for three significant road improvements.

The tax, which will begin collecting Oct. 1 and run through December 2023, is projected to generate $2 million annually. Approved by council members 5-1, it will pay for a trio of road repairs aimed to reduce congestion and fix busy intersections. The projects are projected to cost about $14 million.

Plans call for S.C. 6 and Church Street tol become one-way streets and traffic circles added on Corley Mill Road and at S.C. 6 and U.S. 378. A side lane off Corley Mill Road is also planned for U.S. 378 and Interstate 20.

The tax will be tacked onto restaurant meals, take-out food and some snacks. Columbia and Richland County also have meal taxes, as does Cayce.

Lexington’s plan comes as an attempt to fix crumbling roads and bridges that are not receiving proper federal and state infrastructure funding.

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