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Preserve Murrells Inlet’s top fire rating
I urge a ‘yes’ vote in the March 17 Murrells Inlet-Garden City Fire District referendum to raise the property tax rate cap from 10 mills to 14 mills to retain low homeowners' insurance rates - plus excellent property protection.
Our district provides great fire protection, rated in the top 3 percent nationally, with one of the lowest millage rates in the state. However, maintaining this level of protection, and the low insurance rates that go with it, is not possible with such a low millage cap. The district now spends more than it takes in.
By comparison, the millage rates of Georgetown and Horry County fire districts are 28.7 and 21.2, respectively, and their fire protection ratings are well below that of the MIGC Fire District. Approving the referendum means property owners will pay a small increase in taxes in return for insurance rates that are hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars lower than areas outside the district.
A ‘yes’ vote just makes good sense.
Barbara Happe Van Blarcum