Thursday, January 18, 2024 Blog · News

RIDE 4 Transportation Sales Tax: Fix it first, don’t make it worse!

by Lily Abromeit

For over 30 years, the Conservation League has advocated against I-73 and the formerly titled Southern Evacuation Lifeline, now known as the SC Highway 22 Extension. These unnecessary highways would destroy hundreds of acres of protected wetlands and farmland through communities already facing major flooding —and at exorbitant price tags. Now, Horry County is discussing a referendum for a 25-year transportation tax for the ballot in November 2024 to raise $4 billion in sales tax revenue to pay for these and other projects.

Horry County plans to host a series of community meetings to garner feedback on the proposed project list at the end of January and we will need your help in ensuring improvements to our existing roads are prioritized before new highways.

To learn more, join the Conservation League, Winyah Rivers Alliance, American Rivers, Friends of Coastal South Carolina, South Carolina Environmental Law Project, and Southern Environmental Law Center next week to hear our concerns about the proposed transportation sales tax, also known as RIDE IV.

Community Meeting
Tuesday, January 23 from 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Horry County Memorial Library – Conway
801 N Main St, Conway, SC 29526

Horry County’s public meetings will be in an open house format with stations set up, rather than a public Q&A. We hope our information session will provide you with an opportunity to learn more and ask questions to prepare you for the RIDE IV public meetings around the county. Horry County will be collecting comment cards at each meeting, but you can also email comments to [email protected] or mail them to Horry County Government, c/o RIDE Program, 4401 Privetts Road, Conway, SC 29526. Comments will be accepted through February 18, 2024.

We need all of our supporters to speak up during this process to tell Horry County that our existing roads and bridges should be the priority before building unnecessary and damaging highways at the cost of billions of dollars.

Reach out to me if you have questions at [email protected].

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