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FLORENCE, S.C. (AP) -- South Carolina's highest court is set to hear arguments over an upcoming vote on extending Florence County's penny sales tax.

The state Supreme Court is scheduled to hear the case on Oct. 1.

Florence County is fighting a lawsuit filed by the state Attorney General's Office and the state Department of Revenue. Those agencies sued the county, saying its Nov. 5 referendum to extend the penny sales tax is illegal.

The proposed referendum would extend the tax for another seven years when the current tax expires in April 2014. Justices turned down a request to stop the vote but have said they'll consider the case.

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