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Horry County Council District 5 candidates

Bill McKown

Age | 53

Address | 913 N. Ocean Blvd. Surfside Beach

Occupation | business owner, John Daly Discount Golf, Surfside Beach Vacation Homes, McKown Properties

Education | Bachelor's in business administration, Augusta State University: Associate's degree in aviation technology, St. Petersburg College of Florida system; CPM - Certified Purchasing Manager.

Civic and political experience | Surfside Beach town councilman, state aeronautics commissioner for the First Congressional District, vice chairman for the State Aeronautics Commission, Chairman of Horry County Airport Advisory Committee, served on Waccamaw Regional Council of Governments (WRCOG), member of the Grand Strand Area Transportation Study committee (GSATS). American Red Cross - Past Chairman Heroes for ARC, Crescent Bank Advisory Committee, Rotarian, 1st Presbyterian Church, South Strand Republican Club.

Military | none

E-mail/ website | www.councilmanbillmckown.com

Question | With expectations for county budgets in the next few years being dire, what plans do you have to either increase revenue or decrease spending?

Answer | Government cannot increase taxes during a recession - folks are already hurting and they don't need the county to add to their misery. I will do my very best never to vote for a tax increase. We will have no choice but to decrease spending and live within our means.

Paul Price

Age | 63

Address | 548 Rainbow Drive, Garden City

Occupation | retired S.C. highway patrolman

Education | attended Community College of Air Force, York Technical College, Gaston College

Civic and political experience | Garden City Baptist Church; Garden City Beach Association Board of Directors; Veterans of Foreign Wars; Disabled American Veterans; S.C. Troopers Association.

Military | U.S. Marines Corp., Air National Guard

E-mail/ website | www.votepaulprice.com

Question | With expectations for county budgets in the next few years being dire, what plans do you have to either increase revenue or decrease spending?

Answer | During the next several years county departments will be required to work more effective and efficiently with manpower and equipment so a tax increase will be unnecessary.

Dick Withington

Age | 67

Address | 4087 Edenborough Drive, Myrtle Beach 29588

Occupation | Retired businessman. Owner, Vanguard Systems in Atlanta.

Education | Bachelor's in economics, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio; MBA in finance, Georgia State University, Atlanta

Civic and political experience | Red Cross volunteer (Christmas dinners), Knights of Columbus, board member of three Grand Strand HOAs.

Military | U.S. Naval officer/ Lt.

E-mail/ website | dickwithington.com dkwith@gmail.com

Question | With expectations for county budgets in the next few years being dire, what plans do you have to either increase revenue or decrease spending?

Answer | I don't agree that our outlook is dire.

We expect a small surplus this year, and have proposed a balanced budget through June 30, 2011. By then our economy here will be good. I will push to have a greater share of tax dollars generated here returned to us.

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