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      People in Surfside Beach divided over proposed property tax hike

      A few dozen residents turned out to the t own hall in Surfside Beach Saturday morning to voice their thoughts on a proposed property tax hike.

      Earlier this week, the town council passed a first reading of the 2014-2015 budget which would include a 6.22 millage tax increase.

      According to officials that would be a $50 increase on property taxes for a $200,000 home.

      On Saturday morning , a public meeting started at 9 and all Surfside Beach residents were invited.

      People who attended are divided on the issue.

      Our own Marc Liverman was there for the meeting. He said a few residents spoke on the proposed tax increase.

      He said one resident agrees with the hike and said it would be a good use of money.

      We also heard from people against the potential increase. A homeowner told NewsChannel 15 that increasing the tax would hurt the local housing market. Another homeowner worried about the impact the tax hike would have on the elderly in town.

      One resident said Surfside Beach needs to spend less money in general, including less purchasing of cars used by the city and that resident suggested reducing the purchases of side loader garbage trucks.

      This would be first tax hike in Surfside Beach since 2003.

      The second reading will be discussed in two weeks.