Residents of the Landrum area will no longer pay the additional $ 25
LANDRUM — Effective Friday, October 1, residents of Spartanburg County will no longer pay the $ 25 roadside charges on their vehicle tax bills.
The road charge has been in place since 2006 and has generated approximately $ 5 million per year to maintain and repair the county’s more than 1,700 miles of paved roads. Recently, the fees have generated around $ 7 million per year for the county.
Spartanburg County Council met on September 29 and agreed to end road charges.
The decision to end the road charge was prompted by the state Supreme Court ruling over the summer in Greenville County that a road charge on registered vehicles was an illegal tax.
Spartanburg County Council Chairman Manning Lynch said the fees had been unpopular for years and the council did not like the idea of a road charge.
Spartanburg County Councilor Bob Walker of Landrum said he agreed the charges should end.
“It was a tax that people didn’t want and had a say in,” Walker said. “My goal over the past few years has been to cut road charges because people thought it was not done right. ”
Without the road charges, Lynch said the county would not overlook improvements to road infrastructure.
The new plan calls for the county to spend at least $ 113 million over the next 5 years to help improve roads and bridges. Over the past 6 years, the county has spent between $ 8 million and $ 10 million per year on maintenance and repairs over the past 6 years.
To improve roads, the county plans to double its spending by borrowing money through general bonds in 2022 and 2024, which will provide an additional $ 60 million to improve the county’s infrastructure.