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Special Election Alert

Alert to residents of the Murrells Inlet area: a special referendum will be held March 17 on raising the allowed millage rate for Murrells Inlet-Garden City Fire District. The four precincts in Murrells Inlet will be open 7 a.m.-7 p.m. for this election, along with the eligible precincts in the 29576 portion of Horry County.

The question is on raising the existing 10-mill cap on the fire tax to 14 mills. The department says it needs more money to retain its existing Class 3 rating, and that otherwise the rating will go down and property insurance rates will rise far more than the tax increase.

Here is the actual ballot question, vote yes or no:

"May the Murrells Inlet-Garden City Fire District raise its millage cap from 10 mills to 14 mills in order to provide for additional fire protection in the district and to build a fourth fire station?"

A public information meeting sponsored by the Greater Burgess Community Association will be held Feb. 19 at 7 p.m. at South Strand Recreation Center. All are welcome. So far no forums have been scheduled in Georgetown County, but as soon as we hear of one we will post it here.

Voter Registration

Our League, partnering with Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, helped 149 people register to vote this spring. We had volunteers at all four high schools, Horry-Georgetown Technical College and Howard. Congratulations to the new voters!

We also participated in National Voter Registration Day Sept. 23, and assisted some 30 more people in registering to vote.