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Votes are in on a proposed new tax for recreation in Lake Wylie. Here's the verdict.

The Herald (Rock Hill, SC) logo The Herald (Rock Hill, SC) 11/5/2020 John Marks, The Herald (Rock Hill, S.C.)

York County

A new tax district to pay for recreation in York County got the votes it needed Tuesday.

Early voting and early precinct reporting show support for a Lake Wylie ballot question Tuesday. As of 10 p.m. almost 63% of voters had voted in favor. That number comes with in-person absentee votes counted along with election day votes in five of 11 precincts.

Before 11 p.m. all precincts reported. More than 61% of more than 13,000 votes chose in favor of the tax district. Numbers won’t be certified for several days.

The ballot question asked if a special tax district should be created. It would create funds to acquire greenspace property, conservation, historic restoration, passive recreation and interactive community uses.

Taxes levied by the new district would be capped at $10 million in construction or land acquisition. An annual expense cost cap is $500,000. The district could charge up to five mills per year.

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A governing board would be created, similar to special fire tax districts in York County. Lake Wylie also has a separate recreation tax district voters approved four years ago to create and run the newly opened Field Day Park.

York County Councilwoman Allison Love, who represents Lake Wylie, ran unopposed Tuesday night for another term. Love said earlier this year the new tax district vote would have the same geographical footprint of the park one four years ago.

A petition signed by more than 15% of eligible voters within the proposed district brought on the vote. It covers about 29,000 people.

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