SCDOT Projects Losing Millions in Revenue Because of COVID-19

The South Carolina Department of Transportation is projecting to lose millions of dollars in revenue because of the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on motor fuel taxes and car sales taxes, according to transportation officials.

SCDOT leaders, including Transportation Secretary Christy Hall and Deputy Secretary for Finance and Administration Justin Powell, updated the department’s commission during a May 21 meeting that followed social distancing guidance.

In the next fiscal year, Powell said SCDOT is expected to experience a decrease of $140 million in revenue. Over the next two years, he said the agency anticipates a loss of $293 million in motor fuel taxes and car sales taxes.