A public workshop is set for Tuesday at 6 p.m. so residents can be a part of the conversation as the Horry County Council continues talking about a proposed millage increase.
The 3.5 mills up for discussion are going to be used for the fire fund, and would help Horry County Fire Rescue with staffing and equipment needs.
Chief Fred Crosby told council members at the recent spring budget retreat the fire department is at a crossroads. If nothing is done and funding remains as is, Crosby said, the department will have to close stations and lose 18 positions currently paid for through a federal grant that is set to expire.
The current fiscal year expires June 30. If the millage increase passes, it will be a part of the upcoming 2014 fiscal year budget.
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Tuesday’s meeting will take place in Council Chambers at the Horry County Government and Justice Center at 1301 Second Ave., in Conway.