Goldfinch offers to change vote on millage

  • Wednesday, July 2, 2014

  • Updated Wednesday, July 2, 2014 8:25 pm

Goldfinch

An offer by state Rep. Stephen Goldfinch to swap his support for S293 for stopping the Monday night fireworks in Murrells Inlet has been met by quiet indifference.

Goldfinch, who signed a “no new taxes” pledge and opposed the Senate bill that would allow the fire district to raise its millage cap from 10 to 14 mills, said Sunday that he has made an offer to Al Hitchcock, chairman of the Murrells Inlet Garden City Fire District.

The offer is to support the bill, introduced by Sen. Ray Cleary, if the Marsh Walk Association, which holds 10-minute fireworks displays from a barge in the inlet each Monday, would halt the fireworks.

“I am just one vote,” said Hitchcock.

“I will present the proposal to the restaurateurs this week.”

But the restaurant group is not scheduled to meet again until August.

The fireworks have drawn complaints from several Murrells Inlet residents, especially those within a mile of the Marshwalk, who contend that the noise from the weekly shows violate noise ordinances and that debris left in the creek is a hazard and violates litter rules.

Gov. Nikki Haley vetoed Cleary’s bill, but the Senate by a 30-4 vote overrode the governor’s action.

Cleary said he expected the House to override the bill, too, when it is called back into session this summer. The House adjourned before taking action on lifting the cap because the Senate, where the bill originated, had to vote first.

“If the House did not intend to override the veto, there would be no reason to call it back into session and have the bill on the agenda,” Cleary said.

Goldfinch voted against the bill when it passed the House in May.

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