Richland County unveils new Penny Tax website

Richland County launched a new website to keep you updated on the Penny Tax that goes towards a variety of projects in the Midlands.

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The new Greene Street bridge connects the road to Huger Street all the way to the center of campus. | Photo by COLAtoday

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Richland County has launched a new website dedicated to the Transportation Penny Tax Program, a voter-approved initiative that began in 2012. Richland Penny offers residents a transparent view of how the one percent sales tax is being utilized to fund projects across the county.

The Penny Tax has a maximum revenue of $1.07 billion, to be used over 22 years or until the budget is depleted. Since its inception, the program has completed more than 500 projects, contributing to the development and improvement of our infrastructure.

Let’s take a look at some notable projects:


  • Green Street Development — This project converted Greene Street into a 3-lane roadway with sidewalks and bike lanes, including a new bridge.
  • N. Main Street widening — Repaired and improved safety with lighting and crosswalks on a 1.7-mile stretch of road
  • Three Rivers Greenway Phase 1B — This included an 8-ft-wide concrete trail along the Saluda River, featuring boardwalks, lighting, and amenities.



  • Broad River Road Widening — The scope includes a five-lane section between Royal Tower Drive and Dutch Fork Road, with on-street bike lanes and sidewalks.
  • Columbia Mall Greenway — The proposed project is a greenway that bypasses the congested areas around the mall.
  • Three Rivers Greenway projects — This project continues the greenway north under I-126 and crosses the Broad River.