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Horry County Weekly Update for April 21 - April 25, 2014

Click HERE for Horry County Government's Weekly Update for April 21 - April, 25, 2014.

Horry County Legacy Business Recognition

Conway, South Carolina – The Horry County Board of Architectural Review’s new Legacy Business Recognition Program will recognize Rhue’s Mortuary April 30, 2014, at 1 p.m. with a ribbon cutting ceremony. Rhue’s Mortuary is a 2nd generation family-owned business founded by Matthew and Beatrice Rhue in 1959. The mortuary has maintained their motto of “Service with reverence, respect, and dependability” for more than half a century.

The Horry County Legacy Business Recognition Program pays tribute to local businesses that have contributed to the economic heritage of Horry County for more than 50-continuous years.

Rhue’s Mortuary is located at 1207 Grainger Road in Conway. The ceremony is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Adam Emrick, Senior Planner with Horry County Planning & Zoning and 843-915-5340.

Horry County Library Deploys New Renewal Line

Conway, South Carolina – The Horry County Memorial Library has added a new feature, called the Horry County Memorial Library Renewal Line, which will allow patrons to access their accounts using any telephone. Patrons can access the line can by calling 843-488-3802, entering their library card barcode number and PIN.

Using the Renewal Line, patrons will be able to check the status of the materials they have checked out, renew eligible items and check the status of any hold requests.

The service was added to assist patrons who may not have access to the Internet, a computer, smart phone or tablet.

For more information, patrons can visit any one of the ten branches of the Horry County Memorial Libraries located throughout Horry County or visit the website.

Horry County Patriot Tree Dedication

Conway, South Carolina – The Horry County Board of Architectural Review and Historic Preservation, the Yaupon Garden Club and the Horry County Historical Society will host a dedication for the Horry County Patriot Tree Project April 25, 2014, at 11 a.m. at Vereen Memorial Gardens in Little River.

The Horry County Patriot Tree Project pairs live oak trees with soldiers from Horry County who served during the Civil War. Each one of the trees will have a QR code marker which will direct smart phone users to a website listing the soldier’s name, birth date, birth place, death date, burial place, and other available details of the soldier’s service.

During the dedication, eleven trees will be paired with Civil War veterans of Horry County including Samuel Pitman who was killed at the Battle of Antietam. Honored at the ceremony will be:

• Francis Justice
• Robert Livingston
• William Matthews
• Napoleon B. Morse
• Mayham Vereen
• Rollin C. Ward
• John Wesley Vereen
• Joseph Dewitt Vereen
• Joseph Jeremiah Vereen
• William Joseph Vereen
• Samuel Pitman

The ceremony is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Adam Emrick, Senior Planner with Horry County Planning & Zoning and 843-915-5340.

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.