My family and I moved to this area from New York two years ago for retirement to escape the high taxes and fees associated with living in New York state and hopefully to stretch our retirement dollars.
We are very concerned now considering all the press given to the various budget negotiations in Horry County, all of which call for tax increases in one form or another. Though we fully support minimal tax increases for support services such as fire and rescue it would seem that just about every entity in Horry County is looking to increase millage rates for residents.
Having experienced what happened to many states in the Northeast with this taxing mindset I have to wonder what the local officials are thinking. There has been a mass exodus of people in the Northeast primarily due to the burden of taxes which then creates the snowball effect of raising taxes more to make up that loss. We can only hope that Horry County is not headed in that same direction.
The writer lives in Murrells Inlet.