Possible annexation vote looms on Myrtle Beach horizon

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Just one month after a failed attempt to annex part of Horry County, it appears another annexation vote for Myrtle Beach could be on the way. The city sent out letters to people who live near 48th Avenue North and the 17 Bypass asking them to sign a petition that could pave the way for a special election vote.

The residents would then go to the polls and choose whether to opt into the city limits or not.

At face value, opting into the city limits looks like a win for residents who live there. Among other things, they would get a new police presence, street and light maintenance, plus their water and sewage bills could be cut in half.

But those who could feel the biggest impact sit across 17 Bypass on Oleander Drive. There you will find numerous medical offices, financial groups, and real estate companies.

If the annexation becomes a reality, those companies could see their business license fees quadruple.

"It concerned us more from the aspect of what's that going to do to us as far as taxes," said Hope Larson, who owns Coastal Studios located off Oleander Drive.

"What are the costs going to be because we are just starting to turn a curve a little bit and every dollar that has to go to something like that keeps us from being able to grow and build?" she asked.

Before the annexation can even be put to the vote, residents in the area in question must sign the petition.

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