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Horry County council votes to increase taxes, give raises to first responders

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - A vote to increase taxes and give raises to first responders in Horry County were some of the terms of the budget passed Tuesday by County Council.

The tax increase is 7.2 mills, which amounts to about $28 per $100,000 of property for the typical property owner.

The extra cash will help make public safety salaries competitive with other areas.

It will also add gang unit detectives to the police force as well as attorneys to the solicitor's office.

Not everyone is happy with the millage increase.

During public input, more people spoke against the proposal than those who were for it.

Two of the councilmen tried to tweak it, taking the pay raises off the table, but both were denied.

"Our expenses are outpacing our revenues two-to-one right now...How did that happen?” said Mark Lazarus, Horry County chairman. “It's hard to explain, but it's happened and that's where we are and I'm trying to stop that.”

“It's a hard, hard decision for this council, it's a hard decision for the public,” he added. “I understand that some of you are happy with it, but some of you are not happy with it, but this council has done their due diligence.”

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