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The Myrtle Beach Tourist Tax

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As a current resident of Horry County I find there are times when it is proper for the citizens to have their voices heard regarding any legislation that is passed by the legislature especially if does not represent the best interests of the public. As part of this community, I believe we must have a voice in the proposed tax increases by way of public referendum. There was a bill passed by our South Carolina legislature for the 1% tourism tax which bypassed the citizens who may be in opposition or wished to voice their opinion.

Our Governor, Nikki Haley vetoed this bill, demanding a referendum be held on the merits of this tax. The Legislature overrode the Governor’s veto essentially leaving the voters uninformed and without an opportunity for an up or down vote on the proposal. As always with government there are serious questions as to the accountability and oversight of this huge amount of money generated from this tax and our politicians must remain answerable to the voters.

As a Horry County citizen, it is more than proper to express our opinion and advise our South Carolina Legislators we do not agree with their action on this issue. This petition is addressed largely to Mr. Luke Rankin, the Senator representing Horry County. I am certain most people agree with giving citizens a choice to provide input and/or vote on any and all tax increases!



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