Columbia, SC (WLTX) - Richland county council has a proposal to use hospitality tax funds to build one of the state's largest water parks.
Richland County Council chair Norman Jackson says it's time to create something in the unincorporated parts of the county to drive tourism...and he says they have the money to do it.
Jackson says every year the city of Columbia and county council receive millions of dollars from the hospitality tax.
Every year county council spends that money inside of the city of Columbia according to Jackson and he says that does nothing for those who live outside of the city.
One proposal that stands out before council approves the budget for the next fiscal year is a water park.
Jackson says they are looking at building a park on Garners Ferry Road or in the Northeast.
"The cost would be about 9 million dollars for the one on Garners Ferry Road and up to 19 million dollars for the one in the northeast so it depends on the size of the park and the different attractions, "said Jackson.
"We have more than 10 million dollars in an account but we haven't used it. So its about time that we decide to get on board, do the projects , do what we said we would do with the money and that's build tourism projects in the unincorporated areas."
Council will debate the proposal in the coming weeks as they vote to pass a budget for the fiscal year that starts in July.