GREENVILLE COUNTY, S.C. — After Greenville's County Council voted two weeks ago not to refund old road taxes, some wanted a do-over.
"It's not going to go well with the taxpayer, it doesn’t go well with me, and anybody who believes in doing things right," said Steve Shaw, Greenville County Council, District 20. "It was the wrong way to collect it. Supreme Court said it was the wrong way, and we're gonna be back in court with this thing, and it's going to be very expensive is my fear."
South Carolina's State Supreme Court ruled in June that the county's road and public safety communications taxes were invalid, so the county stopped gathering that money.
Council member Stan Tzouvelekas said council should make a program to refund the road and public safety communications taxes if citizens want their money back.
"We weren’t supposed to collect that money - so it’s not really what you did with the money, if when you got the money wasn’t right," said Tzouvelekas, Greenville County Council, District 22. "So I'm trying to say give it back to the citizens, but obviously my fellow counselors didn’t agree..."