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Horry County Council Passes First Reading of FY2015 Budget

Conway, South Carolina – The Horry County Council passed first reading of the Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 budget at its annual Budget Retreat which was held April 10 & 11 at the C.B. Berry Community Center in Little River, SC.

The county’s fiscal year runs July 1 to June 30, and the proposed FY 2015 Budget is $373 million. The budget includes no new taxes or fee increases, a two percent cost of living increase for county employees, and a one percent across the board reduction for all departments.

The county has a variety of funds that are used to track revenues and expenditures for different types of services, projects and activities.

State law directs the Horry County State Accommodations Tax (ATAX) funds received by a county or city that has a high concentration of tourism activity may be used to provide additional services including, but not limited to, law enforcement, traffic control, public facilities, and highway and street maintenance, as well as the continual promotion of tourism. The funds must be used to promote tourism and enlarge its economic benefits through advertising, promotion, and providing those facilities and services which enhance the ability of the county or city to attract and provide for tourists.

The ATAX fund is budgeted in FY 2015 to remain at the FY 2014 revenue budget level at $4,130,000. After subtracting the $25,000 and five percent General Fund components ($230,265 total), the balance is $3,900,035. After the state required 30 percent distribution for “advertising and promotion of tourism”, the projected amount available for allocation is approximately $2,669,745. County Council also plans to carry over the $100,000 remaining in unspent FY 2014 ATAX funds for use in FY 2015. Based on council discussions at the Budget Retreat, the proposed allocation of ATAX funding for FY 2015 is as follows:

Horry County Police – Beach Patrol $1,100,000.00
Horry County Gov’t. – Beach Cleanup Program $627,406.83
Horry County Gov’t. – Roadside Litter Program $208,000.00
Horry County Gov’t. – Beach Renourishment $510,000.00
Horry County Gov’t. – Hwy. 501, 17, 544 (landscape) $ 46,500.00
American Heart Association (Beach Ride) $ 16,000.00
Arcadian Shore Dr. Comm. Assoc. (street lighting) $ 7,000.00
Claire Chapin Epps Family YMCA $ 12,000.00
Garden City Beach Community Association:
Median Maintenance $ 82,350.00
Street Lights $ 16,000.00
Horry County Museum:
Quilt Gala $ 4,000.00
LW Paul Living History Farm $ 4,200.00
Little River Chamber of Commerce $ 83,700.00
Little River COC –“Blue Crab Festival” $ 9,300.00
Long Bay Symphony $ 5,000.00
North Myrtle Beach Area Historical Museum $ 10,000.00
Palmetto Studios Arts Alliance/Xcon World $ 5,000.00
South Strand Campground Assoc. $ 19,530.00
Horry County Museum Foundation $ 1,860.00
Total $2,767,846.83

Also included in the budget is $1,055,000 for CoastRTA and $1.3 million for the Myrtle Regional Economic Development Corporation.

Horry County Council also approved $333,000 ($208,000 from ATAX and $125,000 from the General Fund) for a litter program that features three components: enforcement, litter pick-up and education. The program will include additional temporary employees for pick-up, equipment and materials. The Keep Horry County Beautiful Committee will continue to educate and promote a litter free county and assist in community cleanups.

An updated five-year Capital Improvement Plan was approved for FY 2015 to FY 2019 totaling $109 million from various funding sources to include the General Fund, general obligation bonds, special funds, and other revenue sources. Projects include public safety technology improvements and equipment replacements, fiber installation, lifecycle maintenance, recreation projects, aerial photography, new financial system, road paving, etc.



Opportunities to Support Keep Horry County Beautiful

Conway, South Carolina – There are many opportunities in April to support and get involved with Keep Horry County Beautiful (KHCB). April is Zero Tolerance for Litter Month and April 22, 2014, is Earth Day.

On April 12, KHCB will be participating in StormFest from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. at the TicketReturn.com Stadium. StormFest is a free, family-friendly severe weather awareness and preparedness event focusing on kids through interactive/hands-on activities while also providing adults with brochures and guides. This event offers attendees the ability to meet face to face with the National Weather Service, public safety agencies, military and non-profit organizations, local TV meteorologists, and local businesses regarding local natural hazards and vulnerabilities.

On April 19, KHCB will assist the Waccamaw Riverkeeper with RIVERSWEEP beginning at 9:00 a.m. Volunteers will meet at the Conway Marina and maneuvering kayaks on the Waccamaw River as they pick up litter and debris. Join KHCB starting at the Conway Marina or at one of the adopt-a-landing sites if you so choose to help clean up our river. There will be a roll-off container at the marina for trash or each group can drop off debris at the closest Convenience Center. Earth Day Music Fest will begin at Riverfront Park at 11a.m. Stop by and visit Riverkeeper and KHCB there as well.

KHCB will participate in HTC Green Fair again this year. The event is scheduled for Thursday, April 24, 2014, from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at the HTC building on Hwy 501 across from Horry-Georgetown Technical College at 2201 Highway 501 North in Conway. Come by and learn more about KHCB and other groups that are working hard to protect our environment. Bring your old telephone books to recycle.

Ocean Bay Middle School will host its annual Earth Day at the Bay Event on April 26 from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. This event is geared towards youth and helping them learn more about how to protect the environment. Keep Horry County Beautiful will have a table set up and some great give-away items. Come out for a fun day!

The Keep Horry County Beautiful Committee meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month, except October and December. The next meeting is April 22, 2014, at 2:30 p.m. in Multi-purpose Room B of the Government and Justice Center located 1301 2nd Avenue in Conway. If you want to get involved in keeping Horry County’s boat landings, waterways, parks, and roadsides beautiful and litter free throughout the year, please contact Keep Horry County Beautiful (tindalln@horrycounty.org or 915-5340).


Horry County Government's Weekly Update for April 14-18, 2014

Click HERE for Horry County Government's Weekly Update for April 14-18, 2014.


South Carolina Jail Administrator's Association Awards

Conway, South Carolina – At the recent meeting of the South Carolina Jail Administrator’s Association, the J. Reuben Long Detention Center and its staff received several accolades. Recognized were:
• 2014 Correctional Volunteer of the Year-J. Reuben Long Detention Center’s Volunteer Chaplain Bob McInerney
• 2014 Correctional Officer of the Year-J. Reuben Long Detention Center Corrections Officer Sebrina Bellamy

The meeting featured training and a chance to network with over 200 law enforcement personnel from North and South Carolina.

“In today’s challenging environment, it’s increasingly important for jail facilities – large and small – to come together and work in a collaborative fashion to ensure the most effective services available to the citizens of South Carolina are being rendered,” says, Tom Fox Director of Detention.

For more information, contact the J. Reuben Long Detention Center at 843-915-5140.


Horry County Office to Close for Good Friday

Conway, South Carolina – All Horry County offices, other than public safety operations, will close Friday, April 18, 2014, in observance of Good Friday. Regular courts may be in operation in the Horry County Government & Justice Center and all jurors, witnesses, etc. will be required to be present.

In addition, all branches of the Horry County Memorial Library will be closed Saturday, April 19, 2014.


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