Groups that support increasing the Georgetown County sales tax by 16 percent consistently points to the fact that the sales tax is higher in Horry County, Charleston County and the city of Myrtle Beach. This fact does not make it right. Just because other groups are overtaxed does not mean that the citizens of Georgetown County should also be subjected to a higher sales tax.
The lower sales tax rate should encourage Georgetown citizens and those from the adjoining counties to shop and do business in Georgetown County. This positive approach will increase of revenue for the county, allowing it to meet the citizen’s needs without raising property taxes. I support a no vote on the proposed increase in sales tax for Georgetown County. Now is not the time to follow the lead of our neighbors by overtaxing the citizens of Georgetown County.