Lexington News Briefs

Panel Agrees on Projects to Be Funded by Lexington County Tax

Plus, Two Candidates So Far Have Filed for Lexington County Coroner

By Al Dozier
Monday, May 12, 2014

Lexington County’s Pennies for Progress Commission has released a tentative list of projects to be funded by a proposed penny on the dollar sales tax that would have to be approved by voters in November.

At the top of the list of 139 projects are nearly $200 million in transportation improvements that would go into road paving and extensions, sidewalks and other infrastructure projects.

Major road projects in the plan include widening Longs Pond Road off I-20, adding a new entrance off I-26 to an industrial area near Cayce and widening Columbia Avenue from I-26 through the center of Chapin.

The list also includes baseball fields in Gaston, civic centers in Gaston and Swansea, and library upgrades in Lexington, Cayce-West Columbia and Irmo.

The tax is estimated to raise $290 million over a period of eight years.

Coroner Filing Now Open
Two candidates have filed for the office of Lexington County Coroner, a position left vacant by the recent death of Harry Harman.

So far, candidates seeking the Republican nomination on the July 1 primary ballot are former Richland County coroner Frank Barron and former police officer Clay Burkett. Barron lost a challenge to Harman in 2012. Radio broadcaster Charlie Benton considered running but decided not to, according to The State.

Gov. Nikki Haley appointed veteran forensic scientist Earl Wells to handle the job on an interim basis.

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