While the residents of Myrtle Beach, North Myrtle Beach, Surfside Beach and the other localities in Horry County were at home watching ESPN recaps of the Stanley Cup finals or Game 6 of the NBA Finals, the Horry County Council was giving its residents a massive tax increase.
Here is the breakout of the tax increase per $100,000 of assessed value of property:
▪ Homeowner with no exemptions | $28.80 increase
▪ Homeowner with homestead exemption | $14.40 increase
▪ Rental property | $43.20 increase
▪ Business property | $75.60 increase
For those people living in District 6 of the county, this was a tax increase without representation, as a special election was held that very day to replace a vacancy on the council. No one achieved a majority, so two candidates; Cam Crawford and Kirk Hanna will now face a run-off election on June 30, 2015. Obviously the winner may determine the future tax climate of the county.
Cam Crawford’s positions on roads, public safety and infrastructure are not clear. While his website mentions these concerns, he never attended any of the district debates to clearly state his positions. Plus, Crawford appears to link the county council and the EDC with actual job creation, a tenuous link at best.
Kirk Hanna’s message is clear. He would help to eliminate waste in county government. If he had been a council member on Tuesday, he would not have voted for the increased property tax. Kirk will work hard to identify waste, look for efficiencies within county government, and having started his own business, knows full well that governments do not create jobs, the private sector entrepreneur creates jobs. He also knows that increased taxes have an adverse impact on economic growth.
Horry County needs a fiscal conservative to represent District 6. Horry County needs Kirk Hanna.
The writer lives in Murrells Inlet.