Columbus County OKs nearly $2 million for railroad

WHITEVILLE, NC (AP) — Columbus County commissioners have agreed to spend nearly $2 million in tax incentives over the next decade to get the Carolina Southern Railroad rolling again in North and South Carolina.

The Fayetteville Observer reported that the board voted Monday night to approve $1.8 million in tax incentives for an unnamed buyer of the line that serves Columbus County, as well as Horry and Marion counties in South Carolina.

Tabor City attorney Dennis Worley says Horry County Council is to consider an identical tax incentives package this week.

Worley co-chairs an interstate committee that’s been working for two years to get the railroad running again.

Railroad owner Ken Pippin stopped operations after bridges on both sides of the state line failed federal inspections. He said he could not afford repairs.

Information from: The Fayetteville Observer, http://www.fayobserver.com

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