"C" Program

Improving Roads in Your County


What is the "C" Program?

It's a partnership between SCDOT and the counties to fund local transportation projects, and improvements to state and county roads and city streets.

Where does the money come from? How is it allotted?

"C" Funds come from 2.66 cents per gallon of the state gasoline tax distributed to each of the 46 counties based on population, land area, and rural road mileage. Beginning July 1, 2018 and each July first through 2021, the CTC's portion will increase by 0.3325 cents per gallon until it totals 3.99 cents per gallon. This increase must be used exclusively for repairs, maintenance, and improvements to the state highway system.

What is the formula for distribution of funds?

By law, counties must spent at least 25 percent of their "C" Funds on the state highway system for construction, improvements and maintenance. Proceeds from the increase in cents per gallon must be used exclusively for repairs, maintenance, and improvements to the State Highway System. For fiscal year 2020-2021, the minimum state requirement is approximately 27.3%. Beginning in fiscal year 2021-2022, the minimum state requirement will become approximately 33%.

Who picks the CTC's?

Most CTCs are appointed by their County's Legislative Delegation, however, in a few instances, the appointment authority has been transferred to the County.

Who picks the projects?

The County Transportation Committee (CTC) selects and approves projects to be funded.

What is the Donor Bonus?

The Donor Bonus allocation goes to counties which contribute more to the "C" Fund than they receive. The current "C" Fund Law increases the Donor Bonus allocation from $9.5 million to $17 million. After that amount has been divided among all donor counties, SCDOT is then to transfer up to an additional $3.5 million among the donor counties.

Related Documents

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Laws

The following were taken from the South Carolina Code of Laws and have been updated through the 2019 Session of the General Assembly.

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Transportation Plans

Choose a county to view its Transportation Plan