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Green Sea Library Closed Due to Power Outage

The Green Sea Library branch of the Horry County Memorial Library System will be closed today, Tuesday, August 4, 2020, due to a power outage. 

Library patrons are encouraged to visit one of the other branches located throughout Horry County. Locations, hours, and COVID-19 limitations can be found on the Horry County Memeorial Library System's website



Governor's Latest Executive Order for Monday, August 3, 2020

The Governor issued an Executive Order that will go into effect on Monday, August 3, 2020 mandating that all previously recommended guidelines for restaurants and other establishments that attract groups of people are now mandatory. You can review those guidelines here:  https://governor.sc.gov/news/2020-07/gov-henry-mcmaster-takes-additional-action-slow-virus-spread.

In order to ensure that our business community understands and complies with these new mandates, Horry County Government created a team comprised of staff from Horry County Police Department and Horry County Code Enforcement to proactively educate businesses regarding the Governor’s orders and how they can protect their customers and staff by following these orders. Our goal is to help businesses understand and comply with these orders.

Compliance issues can be reported Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. by calling 843-915-5000 and on weekends and after hours by calling the non-emergency dispatch line at 843-248-1520. You can also send an email to info@horrycounty.org.



Horry County Auditor’s Office Announces New Improvements to E-Filing

The Horry County Auditor’s Office is pleased to announce further improvements to their online e-filing systems for business personal property taxes. Since e-filing was introduced in 2017, it has become the most secure and preferred method of filing.

To date, the office has input 100,000 business personal property tax accounts. In the coming year, they will be able to add 150,000 additional accounts with assistance from new Robotic Processing Automation RPA from Blue Prism technology. The cost of the RPA technology for this project was $15,000. An estimated 3,000 hours of staff time will be saved annually with this new system allowing staff to focus on other projects and customer service initiatives.

There are plans to implement this same technology in other offices across the county to improve efficiencies and reduce staff time on manual data entry. In an effort to make more services paperless and to improve office efficiencies, the e-filing system and digital record keeping implemented by the Auditor’s office has allowed them to move the equivalent of 99 filing cabinets and 700 boxes of files to records retention.

“Working together with the Auditor, Assessor and Treasurer, our IT Department has done an absolutely fantastic job helping us implement new technology to save our taxpayers time and money,” said Auditor Lois Eargle. “We are going to continue to work together to make improvements and make our systems more efficient.” 

Property subject to business personal property taxes include the furniture, fixtures, and equipment owned and used in business and accommodation type properties not primary residence. Property owners who have questions about filing business personal property taxes and the e-file e-form PR-26 can call the Horry County Auditor’s Office Business Personal Property Division at (843) 915-5054 or email auditor@horrycounty.org.



Horry County Government COVID-19 Case Update

Horry County Government currently has 21 employees working remotely or utilizing medical leave due to reports of possible exposure to COVID-19. In total, Horry County Government has been notified of 99 positive cases of COVID-19 among our staff. This number includes cases previously announced. There are 27 employees currently positive and not reporting to work. You can find a breakdown by department below.

County offices remain operational; however, we encourage community members to conduct business by phone, email, or other electronic means. Call first before visiting any office in person—many departments will be working by appointment-only in an effort to limit the number of people within a given space.

Community members who must visit an office in person will be required to wear a face mask while inside the building. If you do not have a mask, one will be provided to you.

We ask our community to be patient and practice good hygiene.

County officials are continuing to monitor the impacts of COVID-19 in our community. Please be advised that conditions may change quickly requiring new or additional changes. Any updates will be provided as soon as possible. 



Upcoming Meetings for July 27-31, 2020

Upcoming Meetings

The following meeting will take place virtually and will be broadcast on the Horry County Government website as well as the Government Access Channel (Spectrum/Time Warner channel 1301 or Horry Telephone Cooperative Channel 14).

Planning Commission Workshop

Thursday, July 30, 2020, 3 p.m.

Click here to view and download the agenda or here for the packet.

 

Horry County Government COVID19 Operations Update

Following the guidance from Governor McMaster and state agencies, Horry County will allow public access to its buildings with the best safety practices being implemented. Safety measures will include:

  • Everyone in high-traffic public areas will be required to wear masks while inside facilities. This includes lobbies, waiting areas, customer service counters, etc. Everyone is encouraged to bring their own mask and wear it prior to entering the facilities.
  • Occupancy limits are set in public areas of offices and lobbies.
  • Physical distancing guidelines are in place.
  • Services made available online will continue and the public is encouraged to use online services when possible.
  • Additional hand sanitizing stations are stationed in public areas.
  • Enhanced cleaning operations will continue.

To help alleviate crowding in public areas, Horry County encourages individuals to continue to do business online and over the phone with county departments where possible. Horry County will continue to phase into operations as conditions permit, and ask for patience if wait times exist.

Anyone planning to visit a County building should be prepared to check in with staff located at the entrance to the facility. Visitors may be asked to wait outside the office or facility depending on the capacity of the facility.

County officials remind everyone to continue to follow CDC and S.C. DHEC safety guidelines as well as Governor McMaster’s executive orders that remain in effect.

Jurors called by the Horry County Clerk of Court are excused through the end of July.

All local Magistrate Offices are open to the public for filings and court.

Central Traffic Court is open as well as is the Central Jury Court. Central Jury will only be receiving guilty pleas, so the public will not be required to serve jury duty.

Preliminary hearings have been canceled until further notice.



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