Charleston County Councilman Elliott Summey said Monday that he is proposing voters decide whether to implement another half-cent increase in the sales tax to fund transportation projects because the area needs to get a grip on its traffic and mass transit problems.

“We’ve studied things to death in this community but we never implement anything,” he said.

Summey and county staff will present the idea on Thursday to the Council Finance Committee.

If approved, the issue would be put to a vote in the November General Election.

The sales tax hike spreads the pain around to locals and visitors alike, he said.

“Everybody helps pay for it. I’m assuming that a majority of people in this community care about quality of life and traffic problems,” he said.

A list of transportation projects that the area most needs could be drawn-up based on expert analysis and the public could vote on those, too, he said.

Read more in tomorrow’s editions of The Post and Courier.