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Capital Project Sales Tax Expiring

Conway, South Carolina – The Horry County One-Cent Capital Projects Sales Tax will end April 30, 2014. Retailers located in or making sales in Horry County will receive a notice from the South Carolina Department of Revenue with the new state sales and use tax rate for Horry County as of May 1, 2014.

On November 7, 2006, Horry County voters, by a 61.4 to 38.6 percent margin, supported a One-Cent Capital Projects Sales Tax for roads. This tax went into effect on May 1, 2007, and increased the level of sales tax in Horry County an additional penny on all retail sales, accommodations and prepared food and beverage. The tax was in existence for seven years. The sales tax will pay for the following projects, which were approved by the voters:

• 67-miles of road resurfacing (under construction)
• 100-miles of dirt road being paved (under construction)
• Construct grade separated interchange at the intersection of U.S. Hwy 17 Bypass and SC Hwy. 707 at the back gate of the Myrtle Beach Air Base (under construction)
• The widening of SC Highway 707 from Enterprise Road to the Horry County line including intersection improvements at SC Highway 544 (under construction)
• Construction of the Aynor Overpass (completed)
• The widening of Glenns Bay Road and grade separated interchange at US Highway 17 Bypass (construction to begin summer 2014)
• Pave 2 lanes of International Drive from Carolina Forest to SC Hwy. 90 (construction to begin late 2014/early 2015)

Questions in regard to the One-Cent Capital Project Sales Tax or the reporting of sales and use tax, please call the South Carolina Department of Revenue at (803) 898-5000.

SCDOR Important Sales Tax Notice

Surfside Library to Close for Maintenance

Conway, South Carolina – The Surfside Beach branch of the Horry County Memorial Library System will be closed Thursday, April 3, 2014, due to utility work. The library will reopen at 9 a.m. on Friday, April 4.

Patrons are encouraged to visit any one of nine other branches of the Horry County Memorial Library System.

For more information, contact the Horry County Memorial Library System’s Administrative Office at 843-248-1544.

RFP Selection to be Made for Hwy 501 Lawn Care and Bed Maintenance

Conway, South Carolina – Recommendations will be made to County Administrator Chris Eldridge by the Evaluation Committee regarding Request for Proposals (RFP) 2013-14-080 for the Highway 501 Lawn Care and Bed Maintenance. The recommendation will be made on Monday, April 7, at 8:30 a.m. in the Administrator’s Conference Room at the Horry County Government and Justice Center, 1301 Second Avenue in Conway.

April is Zero Tolerance Month for Litter

Conway, South Carolina-Horry County Council along with PalmettoPride, the South Carolina Litter Control Association and South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley has proclaimed April as Zero Tolerance for Litter Month. 

Zero Tolerance Month is a joint initiative uniting all law enforcement agencies in an effort to reduce litter and heighten awareness of South Carolina litter laws. In support of Zero Tolerance Month, the Horry County Police will fight litter locally by targeting littering, illegal dumping and uncovered loads. Penalties for littering may include fines up to $1,000 and a mandatory 100 percent assessment to the fine plus court costs. Convictions can lead to imprisonment for 30 days to one year, a criminal record and imposed community service. 

For more information on the statewide zero tolerance initiatives, contact PalmettoPride toll-free at (877) 725-7733, or visit them at Citizens, businesses and local organization looking to get involved in local community clean-ups, please contact Nancy Tindell at Keep Horry County Beautiful at (843) 915-5340.

Horry County Police and NASCAR SpeedPark Team up for First Annual Drive N Live Program

Conway, South Carolina-The Horry County Police Department and local law enforcement agencies are joining forces with NASCAR SpeedPark in Myrtle Beach for its inaugural Drive N Live Teen Safe Driving Program.

The event is designed for teens ages 14-18 years old throughout Horry County to attend a free event in a safe and fun environment while learning about the dangers of texting while driving and driving under the influence of alcohol.

The students of the program will have the opportunity to drive go-karts on the track at NASCAR SpeedPark while wearing goggles that blur vision similar to a night of drinking. They will also drive a course while attempting to type and send a text message. The students will also attend a presentation and get firsthand accounts from officers who have worked wrecks of teen drivers who were texting while driving and were impaired while driving.

The event will be held on Saturday, April 26th from 8am-11am. The address for NASCAR SpeedPark is 1820 21st Avenue North in Myrtle Beach. For more information, please contact Officer Felix Cruz at

A scheduled media day has been planned as well for Friday, April 25th at 9:00am. Members of the media will have the opportunity to participate in the courses and experience firsthand what the program is about.