MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (WCBD) – Mount Pleasant Mayor Will Haynie met with South Carolina’s Governor, Henry McMaster Wednesday to discuss a bill that would find a new way to fund infrastructure projects.
Wednesday, Haynie had a pre-arranged one-on-one meeting with McMaster to discuss a number of things.
“We talked about flooding and drainage, we talked about state infrastructure, we talked about getting a Mount Pleasant resident on the State Fnfrastructure Bank Board, we talked about widening Highway 41,” Haynie said.
Haynie and McMaster also discussed a bill that would utilize funds from the hospitality and accommodations taxes to fund infrastructure projects.
“Right now Mount Pleasant taxpayers are funding the fixing of state owned infrastructure,” he said. “Whether it’s Coleman Boulevard, drainage or highway 41, that is state owned infrastructure, so the state needs to give us the flexibility to use those millions of dollars to fix that infrastructure.”
Current, the accommodations and hospitality tax is solely generated from tourism dollars.
“We have tourism down to a T,and tourism is doing well, but tourism won’t work if the infrastructure is not there to support it, that’s why this bill is so important,” he said.
Haynie said the bill currently has the support of McMaster. Haynie believes the new bill would benefit Lowcountry taxpayers.
“We’re spending 18 and a half million dollars to fix drainage and Coleman Boulevard right now,” he said. “We just approved another 200 thousand for the town’s portion of the fix of highway 41, we have already spent a million and a half to put a new turn lane in. If we could use A tax and hospitality tax money for that, then we don’t have to take it out of our general fund.”
Tuesday, Haynie met with about 40 other mayors from across the state who believe in and support this bill. It will take the bill passinginthe house and the senate before it becomes a law.