2018 One Cent Referendum


The Beaufort Penny Referendum was passed on November 6, 2018, and the resulting 1% sales tax increase went into effect on May 1, 2019.  



Traffic Improvements on Hilton Head Island

$80 million dollars will be spent on Hilton Head Island to make traffic improvements to the U.S. 278 corridor.

Those improvements include:

  • Repairing and/or replacing existing spans of the bridges to Hilton Head Island
  • Improvements between Moss Creek Drive and Squire Pope Road
Sidewalk & Pathway Improvement in Beaufort County

$10 million dollars will be spent on the installation and repair of sidewalks and multi-use pathways in Beaufort County.

Those improvements include:

  • 24 locations within Beaufort County that will help to provide safe walking routes to schools and improved access to residential communities
Traffic Improvements on Lady's Island

$30 million dollars will be spent on Lady’s Island to make corridor traffic improvements.

Those improvements include:

  • Roadway traffic improvements between the Woods Memorial Bridge and the Chowan Creek Bridge


Things this transportation referendum will do:
  • Improve roadways by making them safer
  • Relieve traffic congestion
  • Improve roadways to allow residents better access to Beaufort County’s waterways
Things this transportation referendum will not do:
  • Last more than 4 years. This sales tax automatically ends in 4 years and cannot be put into effect again without voter approval.
  • Be used for anything except for transportation projects. This is a built-in mechanism to help protect taxpayers.