Campaign Coverage 2020

SC orders Richland County to pay back $32M from penny tax

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina tax collectors are ordering Richland County to repay more than $32 million that authorities said was not properly spent from a penny sales tax meant to improve roads. Some county leaders said they plan to fight the ruling from the state Revenue Department, which said the excessive expenses included $20 million spent on project managers and nearly $1 million on public relations. County voters approved the 1% sales tax in 2012 to improve roads throughout the county. The state audited expenses through mid-2018. Richland County had to pare down the list of roads to expand and build by more than $150 million after cost overruns.

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