Could the City of Myrtle Beach get bigger?
Fri, 28 Mar 2014 02:42:04 GMT —
County or city? That's the question for some residents living in some unincorporated areas right now.
"We took a petition request to the voters who live in this area and said would you sign this petition? And enough of them signed that petition so that they are now asking the city to call for an election," Myrtle Beach City Spokesperson Mark Kruea said.
Kruea said the petition was to hold a special election that would allow residents living close to the Myrtle Beach city limits to vote whether or not they'd like to be annexed into the city.
"Generally it starts at the Waterside Subdivision, which is north of the airport but between U.S. 17 and the Waterway, and runs north along U.S. 17 between the Waterway and Mr. Joe White Avenue," Kruea said.
It would also include the Grand Strand Water and Sewer Treatment Plant.
This would be potentially more than 600 more acres of land for the city, and Kruea said city benefits come along with annexation.
"If they annex, they'll get the benefit of city police protection, city fire protection, the ISO 1 rating that we have, also the zoning and the planning benefits that we offer. Sure, they may pay a little bit more in property tax, but they'll also get the tourism development fee property tax credit as owner occupied homes plus their water and sewer rates will be cut in half once they come into the city," Kruea said.
Many residents living in the annexable areas think geographically, it makes sense to join the city.
"It's not too far from the Myrtle Beach city, so it really doesn't make any sense not to. I'd like to be a part of the city definitely," Thoma Nico, a resident of the Bridgeport Subdivision said.
"From a service delivery standpoint, it would make sense if the city limits really extended into the Intracoastal Waterway. That's kind of a natural boundary. So this would help us get to that point at least on this portion of the unincorporated areas that are immediately adjacent to the city of Myrtle Beach," Kruea said.
Horry County Council will set a date for the special election, which Kruea expects to happen within the next three to six months.