Letters to the Editor

Raising taxes not the only way to pay for public safeety improvements

Re: June 11 letter from Horry County Councilmember Johnny Vaught, “Tax increase not frivolous, vital to public safety”

We moved to Myrtle Beach from Maryland in 2013 because the cost of living and taxes were much less than the State of Maryland. Now, it seems that both Myrtle Beach and Horry County want to raise taxes at the drop of a hat.

Of course, Vaught justifies in his mind that it is OK to raise taxes whenever funds need to be raised. There has to be government waste in Horry County that could save money, but it is so much easier to raise taxes than manage the affairs of government.

Having worked for a county sheriff, there are a myriad of grants available to fund pay for first responders; hopefully, someone in Horry County has pursued all available avenues for this. I do support first responders but there has to be a limit.

The benefits package that Horry County employees receive is quite generous and I believe that savings can be found there if County Council has the courage to reduce some of those benefits. Vaught apparently can’t take the criticism. As an elected official, criticism comes with the territory.

I am sure he knows the phrase “if you can’t stand the heat, stay our of the kitchen.” Vaught needs to put on his big boy pants and suck it up. I do not want to see these continued tax increases from either Myrtle Beach or Horry County. One thing for sure is that Vaught will not get my support in an election for the County Council.

The writer lives in Myrtle Beach.