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Horry Co. considers tax increase to pay for tech waste

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HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - Taxpayers in Horry County may need to brace for higher property taxes.

Horry County Council members say taxes may need to be increased, all because so many people are tossing their old electronics away. But some taxpayer's electronic trash could end up being everyone's tax burden.

We're struggling to find the funds to keep up with a state law that banned dumping electronic waste in landfills in South Carolina. Due to recent changes, areas across the state have to pay more.

Horry County staff says now more than $300,000 will be zapped from the county's account every single year to handle e-waste. That kind of bill is 10 to 15 times more than what the county is used to paying.

Since it's money the county can't afford to lose, the burden of the bill may be passed on to tax payers. County council members say right now they may have no choice.

"It's something we're going to have to look at," said Horry County Councilman Marion Foxworth. "It's unfortunate, but the state is mandating that those costs come down to the residents and taxpayers of Horry County."

In response, many taxpayers say they don't want to be the ones who have to pay.

"No, no," exclaimed Antonio Rivera. "I don't agree. I don't want that."

"I don't see how in the world they can raise the taxes," said Leon Nobles.

The millage rate increase has not happened yet, but it could be possible for 2014. Horry County Council is still looking at all of its options.

The Horry County Infrastructure & Regulation Committee recommended that Horry County Council pass a resolution asking for the Horry County Delegation to support a change in SC state law, passing the cost of recycling the e-waste in counties and cities on to the state.

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