Penny Tax Passes but Battle Continues to Brew

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By Rochelle Dean

(WOLO) COLUMBIA,S.C., --

The election may be over, but that doesn't mean you might not find yourself back at the polls in the near future.

"not a penny more " spokesman Michael Letts who has opposed the Penny rate hike that would generate 1 billion dollars over the next 22 years says it's too much money for too long a period of time. Letts believes the approved vote could scare businesses and others to relocate to surrounding counties instead of staying in the city.

What's more, he claims, broken machines where votes still haven't been counted and long lines disenfranchised voters who may have voted against the tax, and is now calling for the vote to be overturned in a special election.

CMRTA Board Chairman and Councilman , Brian DeQuincey Newman says just the opposite. He claims the move is going to help the city's infrastructure by improving roads, reimplementing new bus routes and times that were forced to consolidate just months ago due to a lack of funding.

Newman says the board plans to meet Monday to continue their discussion about implementing the new system.

We will keep you posted on new developments in this story.

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