Columbia, SC (WLTX)- It is the second time the proposed penny tax will be on the ballot in Richland County.
"A yes vote for the penny will create more jobs," says Lee Bussell, Chairman Greater Columbia Commerce.
But just like a penny, this story has two sides.
"It is all about money to them and it is just a money grab for the county," said Dan Weaver as he waved a 'Vote No' sign at a protest on Wednesday.
Come November it's up to the citizens of Richland County not public officials to decide if there will be a sales tax increase, supporters say the penny sales tax will lead to more jobs.
"Our elected officials help us to create an environment to get jobs but the private sector is the one who creates those jobs. We see the penny as the pivotal point, it is critical to allow us to create jobs," said Bussell.
South Carolina Economist Dr. Joseph Von Nessen says you have to look at each project to make a determination.
"It can benefit depending on what the projects are, take the bus project for example, it could generate opportunities for people to travel to work and workers to matchup which would be a net increase to our economy."
If the voters agree to the penny tax the proposed projects include more than a billion dollars in road, bike and greenway projects. Plus, funding for bus services.
"I think the thing to emphasize is that when you are looking at the revenue that will be generated by this, it is not one size fits all. You have to look at the broad picture and a case by case basis for what these projects will be funding. They have the potential to benefit, or not, depending on what they are used for," said Bussell.
You have a chance to make your voice heard November 6th in the voting booth.