Goose Creek -- City residents will have to drive farther to see the auditor and treasurer starting next month.

Those offices in the Berkeley County Service Center at 303 N. Goose Creek Blvd. will close Aug. 15, county officials announced Tuesday.

The auditor and treasurer will operate solely out of the Berkeley County office building at 1003 Highway 52 in Moncks Corner.

Residents using the Goose Creek offices a couple months ago said they hoped the offices would remain open, because they don't want the extra drive to Moncks Corner.

But officials estimated that merging the offices will save taxpayers $56,500 a year.

No county workers will be lost, because at least one is already retiring.

Residents can avoid driving by paying online at berkeleycountysc.gov.

The county Veterans Affairs office and Magistrate Court will continue to operate at the service center in Goose Creek.