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Horry County’s public safety departments need more than $10 million in additional staff, equipment, raises and facilities so officials can maintain services for a rapidly growing population, according to county projections.

County staff relayed that message last month during county council’s budget retreat, and those calls will only grow louder in the coming months as council members hammer out their spending plan for the next fiscal year.

“We can’t continue the same level of service if we continue to deal with more growth…

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