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On January 25, 2019
in Closings, County News
Conway, South Carolina –The Horry County Voter’s Registrations & Elections Office will be closed Wednesday, February 6, 2019, through Friday, February 8, 2019, for mandatory staff development.
For more information, contact the Horry County Voter’s Registrations & Elections Office at (843) 915-5440.
On January 23, 2019
in Public Safety
Conway, South Carolina-Horry County Fire Rescue is holding a smoke alarm blitz, this Saturday, January 26, 2019, from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM. This event was previously scheduled in December but was rescheduled due to inclement weather. Firefighters will be going door-to-door installing smoke detectors in four locations around Horry County. Message boards were posted in the communities earlier this week to let local residents know about tomorrow’s event.
“Smoke detectors save lives, and we are committed to ensuring the fire and life safety of Horry County residents,” said Horry County Fire Rescue Chief Joseph Tanner. “The smoke alarm blitz has been a very successful program here, and we will continue to host these and other fire safety events in our community.”
Each of Horry County’s four battalions will be working at four different locations—
Battalion 1: Woodridge Mobile Home Park off Mineola Avenue in Little River
Battalion 2: Backwoods Mobile Home Park off Peachtree Rd. in Socastee
Battalion 3: Saddlebrook Mobile Home Park off Long Avenue Extension
Battalion 4: Chase Street off Hwy 917
Residents who would like to request a smoke alarm can fill out the online request form here.
On January 23, 2019
in County News
A state-mandated, countywide reassessment of all real properties located in Horry County is underway for tax year 2019. A reassessment ensures that property taxes are determined on an updated fair market value of properties. The Horry County Assessor’s Office is in the process of appraising all property values at fair market value as of December 31, 2018. This new value will be used for calculating property tax bills issued by Horry County during October 2019. The Assessor’s Office is responsible for determining property values, but they do not set tax rates.
Residents may notice staff and vehicles from the Horry County Assessor’s Office in their neighborhoods during the appraisal process. The Horry County Assessor's Office uses a mass appraisal system with data including information such as heated square footage, garages, decks, pools, type and quality of construction, land area, water features, and several other attributes required for the mass appraisal process. Appraisers in the field are working to confirm those data points and make updates as needed.
In September 2019, a notice of reassessment will be mailed to all property owners in Horry County whose property’s market value increases $1,000 or more as a result of reassessment. Only real property is appraised during a reassessment, which includes land and any improvements on it such as a house, outbuilding, swimming pool, or dock. During a reassessment, the Assessor’s Office will review the market values of all properties in the county. Based on changes in the real estate market, the Assessor’s Office will determine which property values need to be increased or decreased.
The South Carolina Code of Laws requires that once every five years all real property in every county within the State will be reappraised and adjusted to current fair market value as of December 31 of the year prior to implementing the reassessment. Only real property is appraised during a reassessment. Values of personal property, such as cars and boats, are adjusted on an annual basis and kept current through the Horry County Auditor’s Office at the direction of the South Carolina Department of Revenue. The purpose of a reassessment is to equalize the valuations of all real property in a county. The five-year reassessment cycle in South Carolina is an appraisal freeze, only broken on property sale or change to a property.
On January 18, 2019
in Weekly Update
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On January 15, 2019
in Public Safety
Horry County, South Carolina - Did you know, in less than 30 seconds a small flame can turn into a major fire? Your risk of injury or death in a home fire changes with age. If you have young children or older adults living in your home, they may need your help to stay safe. Here are some important ways to keep your home and your loved ones safe from fire.
Fire Safety If You Smoke
Fire Safe Cooking
Cooking fires are the number one cause of home fires in America. Many older adults also experience burn-related injuries during cooking. Prevent fires and burns by being watchful and alert when you cook.
Practice Electrical Safety
Older homes are more likely to catch fire from electrical causes than newer homes. Older wiring may not have the capacity to safely handle newer appliances and equipment and may not have updated safety features.
Every year in America nearly 3,000 people die in home fires. Many of these people die in homes that do not have working smoke alarms. Smoke alarms warn you and your family when there is a fire. They can save your life!
As always, if there is a fire emergency, call 9-1-1 as soon as possible and remain outdoors. Never return inside a burning building to retrieve an item.
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