For some Brunswick County residents, just the thought of being annexed into the town of Sunset Beach fuels a heated discussion among neighbors. Sherlock Holmes said, "I have my reservations because more than likely our taxes will go up, especially city tax." Opinions vary. Frank Elarde told WWAY "I think it's a good idea we've had trouble with the road here and I guess if we get into it we can get the road fixed." According to the Sunset Beach Mayor, new neighborhood roads are not a given, because of state road repair regulations. But he said because these residents use the town's roads and beach accesses, it would only be fair to include them into the town. Which would mean paying the town's taxes. Dick Schillinger said, "We're not going to get anything other than higher taxes. We already have everything we need here… good sheriff's department." The Sunset Beach Mayor said Beach Drive serves as a natural divide. On one side of the road, subdivisions are being annexed by Calabash; that means a 7-cent per 100 dollars in property value tax increase. Just across the street, six subdivisions may be annexed by Sunset Beach. That could lead to an additional 9 cents per 100 dollars in taxes. Marlene Biddle said, "If we have to be annexed I'm glad it's in Calabash and not Sunset Beach because they're taxes are going to be higher especially with the new bridge coming." Despite differing opinions - the final decision is in the town leaders hands. Sunset Beach town leaders are meeting Monday at the town hall to discuss the possible annexation. It's a public meeting, so residents are welcome to attend.
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