Horry council to vote on tax increase Tuesday night

Horry County Council will consider a property tax and vehicle fee increase at its meeting Tuesday night, but not before the public is invited to share their opinions.

Council will vote on whether to raise property taxes by 7.2 mills, which equals $13.5 million, next fiscal year, to help prevent the county from reaching into its reserves for $8 million to balance the 2016 budget. That budget year starts July 1. The additional funds would also generate money for public safety projects like adding two court security officers, four violent crime detectives, three gang unit detectives; purchasing body cameras; and providing police with digital storage for the cameras.