- Associated Press - Wednesday, November 5, 2014

GEORGETOWN, S.C. (AP) - A tax increase approved by voters in Georgetown County will help pay part of the cost of dredging the shipping channel for the Port of Georgetown.

Area media outlets report almost 60 percent of county voters Tuesday favored a penny sales tax increase for four years.

The tax is expected to generate about $28 million, some of which will be used to pay for the local share of a $33 million project to restore the Georgetown shipping channel to 27 feet. Officials say that will allow the small port to attract more ships and more cargo.

Two years ago county voters rejected a similar proposal.

Money from the tax increase will also be used to resurface roads and for fire protection needs.

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