An extension for Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park, a parking garage on Port Republic Street and improvements to Southside Park would likely be on Beaufort's wish list again, if another proposed county capital projects sales tax leads to a windfall.
There are other needs, of course, but this time around, city leaders want to remain patient until they know more about the rules regarding what possible projects are on the table, whether it's roads or infrastructure.
Beaufort County last month formed a commission to compile possible capital projects to be funded by a 1 percent sales tax increase.
A similar measure failed to make last November's ballot, though this one appears headed for a possible 2016 referendum.
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Beaufort Mayor Billy Keyserling said he would prefer a local option sales tax, as the city has endorsed in past years, but that he wants the city's projects on any list considered by the county commission.
Under the local option, 71 percent would go to property-tax relief. Keyserling estimated that what remained would amount to about $300,000 for capital budgets.
"That's not like the $20 million we asked for in the capital last time, but it is ongoing and forever," Keyserling said. "Plus it gives something back to the taxpayers."
On Tuesday, City Council kicked around ideas for the city's potential slice of what is assumed to be $180 million for county projects over about six years.
A capital sales tax expires when all the projects are paid in full.
Voters approved a similar sales tax increase in 2006 to raise money for road improvements, including widening U.S. 278 and S.C. 170 in southern Beaufort County and building a new J.E. McTeer Bridge in northern Beaufort County. That 1 percent tax expired in 2012.
The sales tax didn't reach a referendum in 2014 after a six-member commission heard from municipalities about possible projects.Keyserling and other council members said the most recent process seemed a little rushed. The mayor said the process could be helped by a measure not going to referendum until 2016.
"We'll wait and see," Keyserling said. "But at least this time, we're talking a year and a half out, and not six months."
In other business, city council:
- Voted for a resolution supporting a Joint Land Use Study for Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort and Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, after discussion about why a section on a possible outlying landing field endorsed by area municipalities did not have more teeth.
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