Residents in disbelief of annexation vote blunder

The Myrtle Beach City Council will hold a meeting on August 12 where they will most likely discuss when the vote will happen. | Source: WMBF News
The Myrtle Beach City Council will hold a meeting on August 12 where they will most likely discuss when the vote will happen. | Source: WMBF News

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - We're once again waiting to see if two communities will become part of the City of Myrtle Beach.

Neighbors who live in the Bridgeport community streets couldn't help but shake their heads in disbelief that a mistake of this magnitude could happen.

"I voted 'yes' this time, I don't know that I would vote 'yes' next time." Jodie Nolan, Bridgeport Resident explained.

Bridgeport and Waterside neighbors will have to come out and vote again. The ballot boxes for the initial vote were not held within the area being annexed.

"To me, it's a little sketchy, because they should have let us know ahead of time," John Shock, a Bridgeport Resident said.

Residents have mixed feelings about what is going to happen next.

"People didn't like the way the vote turned out and, so it may be that they will come out and who knows the vote might be different this time," said Nolan.

If these two communities become a part of the city, residents would get garbage pick-up, service from city, police, and fire departments and many hope the city would redo the roads.

But others are afraid of a tax hike.

Nolan explained, "We'd have to pay city and county then. So what we would pay on the car and the boats, we would have to pay double for the city taxes and then county taxes."

Attorney Tommy Brittain who is representing some of businesses along US 17 says businesses will pay about 97 percent of the $500,000 the City of Myrtle Beach hopes to gain from the annexation.

But first, the city and Horry County will have to decide where and when they will redo the vote.

"Who knows where it's going to be, because it should be at a neutral place," says Shocker.

The county election office was hoping to find a clubhouse in each community to hold the vote; however, neither community has one. Even though many are disappointed about the mix up, some residents say they are ready to vote again.

"Definitely, my wife and I will be there." says Shocker.

The Myrtle Beach City Council will hold a meeting on August 12 where they will most likely discuss when their vote will happen.

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