- Associated Press - Thursday, May 4, 2017

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) - Beaufort County has increased Hilton Head Island’s payment for police protection by more than $1 million.

The Island Packet of Hilton Head reports (https://bit.ly/2p0M9yP ) that county administrator Gary Kubic told the town’s finance and administrative committee on Tuesday that the requested $4.4 million for the coming year represents the full cost of providing service to the island.

Sheriff P.J. Tanner said that the previous bills for the 42 deputies stationed on the island didn’t account for the actual cost of each employee.

Town manager Steven Riley said the additional cost had not been factored into the town’s proposed budget, which already proposes several tax and fee increases after Hurricane Matthew.

Kubic said he is willing to discuss gradual increases in payments to the county.

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Information from: The Island Packet, https://www.islandpacket.com

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