The improvements generated for Aiken County by the proposed penny local sales tax hold tremendous benefits for our residents. These projects include: 1) paving approximately 8 percent of our dirt roads; 2) resurfacing of roads within Aiken and North Augusta; 3) completion of recreational facilities and municipal facilities in several towns; 4) construction of the Bobby Jones Expressway from the Savannah River to intersect with Interstate 20.
The one percent increase in sales tax for a maximum of seven years is a fair and equitable way to fund the above projects, which will add to the quality of life for each of us and be a big plus for economic development.
I live in the city of Aiken, but frequently use unpaved county roads. Paving roads will improve safety not only for us but our children who ride the school buses. Other positive factors include reductions of road and school bus maintenance costs.
Aiken County is a good place to live; however, we should always strive for the best. I will vote yes on the 1-cent sales tax referendum Nov. 7.
Wade Brodie, Aiken