Horry County residents will have the opportunity to vote in the November 2016 General Election for a sales tax to improve and build roads in our local community. A RIDE 3 Sales Tax Commission was comprised of six members, three appointed by Horry County Council and three appointed by the cities as defined by state law below:
(1) The governing body of the county must appoint three members of the commission.
(2) The municipalities in the county must appoint three members, who must be residents of incorporated municipalities within the county.
This commission was tasked by Horry County Council to prepare a final list of road projects that will be funded by a 1% Sales Tax, which they completed in May 2016. The road project list was approved by Horry County Council and will appear as a referendum to be voted on by the citizens of Horry County on the November 2016 General Election ballot. If passed by the voters, the sales tax will go into effect May 1, 2017 and will be a 1% Sales Tax on all retail sales, prepared food/beverage and accommodations. Groceries (unprepared food) would be exempt from the sales tax. The sales tax would remain in effect for eight years or April 30, 2025. The eight year projection revenues from the 1% Sales Tax is $592 million.