Horry County Council adopts '14 budget

In a 7 to 5 vote Tuesday night, Horry County Council passed the third and final reading of the county's $136.6 million dollar 2014 fiscal year budget.

Among many things, the budget includes the anticipated six-mill tax increase for those living in unincorporated areas of Horry County that will help support Horry County Fire Rescue.

The increase means an additional 24 dollars in taxes for a $100,000 home.

The decision to include the tax increase wasn't easy, as council members and residents spoke out about whether they felt it was necessary.

Without the increase, Chief Fred Crosby said he would have had to cut jobs and close fire stations within the county.

Another key component of the budget is a 2% pay increase for all employees of Horry County, including room for future discussion about a 1% merit-based pay increase for those employees as well.

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