Rental Car Fee Fails in Charleston, S.C.

A proposed 5 percent rental car fee in Charleston, S.C. failed at the Dec. 7 Charleston County council meeting, according to WCSC TV.

Only one council member voted in favor of the fee.

The Charleston County council approved the fee earlier this year as an incentive for discount carrier Southwest Airlines to come to Charleston. But the measure was tabled when airline officials said it was not necessary.

One councilman requested the proposed fee appear on the Dec. 7 agenda because he wanted to go on the record as voting against it after Southwest Airlines rejected the offer.

One source with the county council who supports the fee said it might act as an incentive in the future while the county seeks to attract other discount carriers.

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