Mayor Jones Proposes Sales Tax Increase

Mayor Danny Jones wants city council members to consider raising the sales tax by a half cent. The increase would help pay the pensions for firefighters and police officers, according to the proposal. The city has to pay $287 million in pensions, and Charleston entered into aprogram three years ago that gives the city 35 years to come up with the funds. If it's approved, the new sales tax would increase to 7 percent.