About Penny for Progress

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The "Penny for Progress" is a term coined by supporters of the Sumter County Capital Projects Sales Tax referendum of 2008. That term has been adopted here because it is widely recognized by Sumter County residents in association with the referendum.

The Penny for Progress was approved by Sumter County voters in the general elections of November of 2008. Passage of that referendum authorized Sumter County Council to levy a temporary sales tax to fund 16 capital projects, from fire station improvements to a new judicial center (county courthouse). The sales tax was implemented in May of 2009 and will be removed when the $75 million is collected, or in 7 years, whichever comes first. You can find more information about the 16 projects here.

The 16 projects are being managed by a team of experienced project coordinators, and overseen by the Sumter County Administrator and Sumter County Council.

 

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