Property tax value
Assessments unfair, ill-advised
I reside in Myrtle Beach and own numerous properties (residential and commercial). I recently received 11 assessments of my properties. All of my assessments were higher and nine of the 11 were exactly 15 percent higher. I understand that 15 percent is the maximum increase allowed.
I also heard the little speech by the county assessor that the previous taxable value went back to 2003.
I may not be the smartest guy around, but I do know that 2003 was in the boom years and property values were high. Property values now are way down but our assessments are not. It appears that the assessor did not do his job and fairly value our properties. It appears that the assessor conveniently added 15 percent to our bill and now the fight begins. Who has time for this?
First-time visitor's take
Smokers shouldn't fling butts on beach
I recently returned from my first visit to Myrtle Beach. I was there to attend Beach Bound Hounds. I have never seen such a beautiful place. I had a wonderful time. Everyone I met were friendly and kind. I only have one negative thing to say, and I think this issue should be looked at seriously.
I was truly shocked at how many people threw their cigarette butts in the sand on the beach. It was disgusting.
Don't smokers realize that people are walking barefoot in the sand and these things never disappear unless they are picked up?
I think every hotel should inform guests that if they smoke they cannot toss their cigarettes in the sand. They must bring a container or use the garbage cans. If everyone took part in this effort the beach can be clean again. I bet if you ask most smokers if they litter, they would say "of course not," never thinking about what they do when they smoke. The beach and ocean belong to everyone, and we all need to do our part to keep it clean and healthy.
Oak Lawn, Ill.