Horry County Council approves referendum on impact fees

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CONWAY, SC (WMBF) – On Tuesday night, the Horry County Council voted 11-1 to put a referendum on the November ballot that would allow voters to decide whether they want impact fees to go toward improvements to the county.

Some of those improvements would be more roads, more fire stations and more police substations. The impact fees would be paid by people who purchase new homes in Horry County.

County leaders said this is the best way to handle the growth-related needs in the county without raising taxes.

“The increased services, the increased infrastructure has been required because of growth,” Councilman Johnny Vaught said. “So why should I pay for a road that needs to be widened up in Longs because they’re putting in a 2,000-unit development up there?”

The impact fees would be about $1,000 to $2,000 per home.

Even though the referendum was approved, the process is far from over. If the people vote in favor of the impact fees, county leaders would then have to go to state legislators to get the current law changed.

Right now, impact fees can only be used in the areas they’re collected. County council members say they want that changed so they can use the money anywhere in the county.

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