- Associated Press - Thursday, July 28, 2016

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - Leaders in one of the nation’s fastest-growing areas want to ask Charleston-area voters to approve raising taxes for $2 billion in road projects.

Local media outlets report that Charleston County Council gave preliminary approval Wednesday to putting a half-cent sales tax referendum for roads on the November ballot.

The proposal does not include money for finishing Interstate 526 through Charleston’s western suburbs. But that could be added when the council gives final approval next month.

The issue wasn’t considered Wednesday because two council members were absent, including one who is attending the Democratic National Convention.

U.S. Census Bureau figures show that Mount Pleasant east of Charleston is the tenth fastest-growing community in the nation.

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