Pennies 1 Program

In November of 1997, the citizens of York County embarked on a historic initative to do for themselves what others could not do, keep up with the tremendous growth that was occuring in our County. The first County in the State of South Carolina to take advantage of a new law that allowed its citizens to implement a $99.255 million program designed to make our roads better and safer. Today more than 30 counties throughout the state are following York County lead and have implimented one-cent tax to help meet thier own needs.

The 1997 York County Capital Projects Sales and Use Tax Program, also known as the Pennies for Progress 1 Program, passed by referendum in November 1997. The one-cent tax went into effect in May 1998. The $99.255 million was collected in six years and expired in August 2004. 

The types of projects were included as part of this program:

  • multilane widening 
  • bridge construction/replacement 
  • intersection improvements 
  • gravel road upgrades 
  • bikeways 
  • sidewalks 
  • safety improvements

In 2008, York County staff took over the management of the program which includes oversight of the Planning, Design, Right-of-way acquisition and Construction for all these projects. Click on the individual phase to find out more about each step a project must endure.

The projects were approved with a priority from 001 - 014 as shown on the project list. The projects had to be funded in order of this priority.

It will take approximately 1 more year to complete construction on the 1997 Pennies for Progress road projects. During this time, information on the projects will be available through the local media; and, the individual project pages on this website so that citizens can be informed of the progress.

With so many county-wide projects on the list, everyone benefits. Whether you are taking your kids to school or trying to get across town for a business meeting, traveling in York County will be much easier and safer.

For questions concerning the Pennies for Progress 1 Program, call the York County Engineering Department at (803) 684-8571.