It’s official: South Carolina’s gas tax is going up.
Representatives Garry Smith and Eric Bedingfield voted against overriding the Governor Henry McMasters’ veto, while Senator Ross Turner voted in favor.
Former DOT Commissioner Tim Brett said “It is about time. We cannot keep kicking the can down the road. Economic Development and safety for our families is more important. The state must fix our roads now.”
Representative Garry Smith also weighed in. “While I agree that there is a need for sustainable revenue to fix our crumbling road system, I did not agree with the approach this bill took. I do not feel that this bill adequately addressed the reform issue, nor that it did enough to improve the public trust in the system. I do appreciate the employees of our Department of Transportation who come to work each day to make a difference in our State. For these reasons I voted against this tax increase, and I voted to sustain Gov. McMaster’s veto.”
The 12¢ per gallon increase will be phased in over the next 6 years.