The New Year is starting out in strange fashion for Horry County Council as its first meeting will be held Thursday night.
Regular council meetings are normally held the first and third Tuesday’s of each month. I understand scheduling conflicts for some of the members moved the first meeting in January two days.
The New Year is starting out where last year left off as far as changes with council are concerned.
Horry County experienced a 44% turnover rate in council membership in 2015 with three new members elected to begin the year and two more new members joining the council in special elections during 2015.
The last of those new members, Jimmy Washington from District 3, won election December 22nd and will be attending his first meeting Thursday night.
The two newest members, Washington and Cam Crawford from District 6, won special elections for unexpired terms that end this year. They will be facing re-election contests in 2016.
But, it wasn’t just membership that changed on Horry County Council in 2015.
In my opinion, there was a rather cavalier attitude toward spending the people’s money that was much more disturbing.
Not only did a majority of council pass the largest property tax increase in county history in 2015, they also increased road vehicle tax by 67%.