I don’t drive.
I don’t walk sidewalks.
I don’t ride a bike. (do i look a dog?)
But event I know that Greenville needs better roads. It is a no brainer (unless you a dog) that voting yes on November 4 will make Greenville a better place to live. Even if you are a dog.
Here are some facts:
In 2012, a report issued by TRIP, a national transportation research group, concluded that South Carolina rural roads (non interstate) ranked highest in the nation for fatalities. It also noted that a significant number of South Carolina rural bridges, some 12%, were rated as structurally deficient.
South Carolina has the fourth largest highway transportation system in the country but the third lowest gas tax, which is used to fund road maintenance and construction on a state level. Making matters worse, when it comes to the road repair funds generated from the gas tax, Greenville County is a “feeder” county. This means that it pays out more than it gets back.
Locally, Greenville County uses an Overall Condition Index (OCI) to rate its roads. Based on an index of 69 or less being “fair to poor,” they estimate that 38% of their maintained roads fall into that category.
The Citizens Advisory Commission developed an eight-year plan to repair or otherwise improve our roads, bridges and sidewalks. The plan calls for a temporary 1-cent-per-dollar sales tax increase. The tax and revenue are limited by law and the funds are dedicated to the specific projected listed in the report and that will be listed at the election sites.