The $3.5 million generated every year will be used to pay off up to $60 million in debt incurred while renovating the Charleston Civic Center.
The city must apply to the state Home Rule Board for permission to implement the sales tax. A bill introduced into city council Monday night would authorize the mayor to make the application to the state board.
The bill will be discussed at a city Home Rule Committee meeting on April 10 at 6:30 p.m. in the third floor conference room at City Hall. All meetings are open to the public.
Jones has indicated that the state Legislature will probably prohibit any cities from implementing new taxes under a new home rule program. Charleston was one of four cities that received home rule under the pilot program that expires on June 30.
Therefore, the city must pass the new sales tax before the program expires on June 30, Jones said in a previous interview.
Council should read and vote on the ordinance allowing the mayor to apply to the Home Rule Board by the April 15 meeting, City Manager David Molgaard said.
Council must also vote on another ordinance, one that actually implements the city sales tax, if the Home Rule Board approves Charleston's request.
"This (ordinance) isn't the end, it's the beginning," Molgaard said of bill introduced Monday night.
In other council news:
Council members agreed to apply for a $400,000 federal grant to help pay for software upgrades at the city police department.
Council also approved a change order with Michael Baker Jr. Inc. in the amount of $77,270 to formulate construction plans for the Farnsworth Drive Bridge over Interstate 77/64.
The bridge has not been significantly refurbished since it was constructed when the interstate system in Charleston was completed, City Engineer Chris Knox said.
The decking on the bridge will be replaced and the bridge is to be painted, he said. One lane of the bridge will be closed at a time in order to keep it open for traffic, Knox said.
Knox hopes to have the bridge deck completed by the end of the summer, he said.Contact writer Paul Fallon at paul.fal...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4817. Follow him at www.twitter.com/PaulBFallon.