Many of the Horry County councilmen equate tax increases with a death sentence. As community leaders they should understand that we, the citizens of Horry County, deserve the best police force, the best firefighters and the very best first responders.
These people also require first rate equipment to perform their duties. We, the citizens of Horry County, also deserve good and safe roads and highways. If it requires tax increases to provide us those services, then so be it.
The April 20 article in The Sun News, “Fire Rescue service mulls hiking up millage rate” for firefighters, spells out the dilemma. We don’t have sufficient funds to pay our firefighters a decent competitive wage. The police, firefighters and other first responders put their lives on the line for us every day. They deserve a decent wage whatever it takes.
Per capita, Horry County has as much crime as every other place in the USA as indicated by the articles in The Sun News every day. As for our roads, I guarantee that every tourist would rather pay an additional few pennies for their gasoline if their commute would be improved. Having the lowest gas prices in the nation is nothing to brag about when the roads are not adequate.
So I say to you, Mark Lazarus, as the likely incoming council chairman of our county, provide the necessary leadership to your council to provide us with the very best whatever it takes.
The writer lives in Myrtle Beach.