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Horry County News and Announcements


Property Tax Agricultural Qualification Procedures

Conway, South Carolina – The Horry County Assessor’s Office would like to remind citizens that a 6% assessment ratio is automatically applied to all agriculture property that changed ownership during the 2013 tax year.  If these properties will continue to be used as agriculture properties for the 2014 tax year the new owner will need to apply for the special assessment.

Owners are encouraged to apply for the agriculture special assessment by September 1, 2014, to have the special assessment reflected in their tax bills which will be mailed in October 2014.  The deadline for applications is January 15, 2015.

Agricultural real property shall mean any tract of real property which is used to raise, harvest or store crops, feed, breed or manage livestock, or to produce plants, trees, fowl or animals useful to man, including the preparation of the products raised thereon for man's use and disposed of by marketing or other means. It includes but is not limited to such real property used for agriculture, grazing, horticulture, forestry, dairying and mariculture.

In order to apply for the agriculture special assessment, property owners should download the Horry County Assessor’s application located on Horry County on Horry County Governments website.

The application may be submitted in person or mailed to the Horry County Assessor’s Office 1301 Second Avenue Suite 1CO8 Conway, S.C. 29526.  Applications cannot be emailed or faxed.

For more information contact the Horry County Assessor’s Office at 843-915-5040

Horry County Community Development Block Grant Consolidated Annual Performance Evaluation

Conway, South Carolina – The Horry County Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program Year 2013-2014 Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER) is available for public review and comment.  The 2013-2014 CAPER highlights expenditures of CDBG Program funds for the period of July 1, 2013, through June 30, 2014.  The report includes information summarizing program resources, status of actions and community accomplishments, and a self-evaluation of progress made during the year.

Copies of the report are available for review at the Horry County Community Development Office, 1515 Fourth Avenue, Conway, SC 29526, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. from August 20, 2014, through September 5, 2014. The report is also available from the County’s website.

There will be a public meeting on Thursday, August 28, 2014, at 5 p.m. at the CDBG Office to receive further public input regarding 2013-2014 CAPER.  Written comments may be addressed to Diana Seydlorsky at the Horry County Community Development Office or may be sent by email. All comments must be received by 5 p.m. on September 5, 2014.

Horry County will furnish reasonable auxiliary aids and services to individuals with limited English proficiency or disabilities upon 24-hour notice. Individuals with disabilities requiring auxiliary aids or services may contact Diana Seydlorsky, Community Development Director, by telephone at (843) 915-7033 or by writing the Community Development Office at 1515 Fourth Avenue, Conway, South Carolina 29526. 

If you have questions, please call the Community Development Office at (843) 915-7033.

Mosquito Spraying Schedule for August 5-8, 2014

Conway, South Carolina-Horry County will begin mosquito spraying, weather permitting, in the following areas:

  • Dog Bluff/Gunters Island
  • Cates Bay
  • Green Sea

Aerial spraying will be conducted in the evenings usually between 7 p.m. - dusk and ground operations from 7 p.m. - 11 p.m. Monday - Thursday weather permitting. 

The chemicals used for mosquito control spraying are approved by the EPA and pose minimal risk to humans or animals.  Individuals with asthma or other respiratory illness may wish to stay indoors and close windows and doors during spraying.  In addition, homegrown fruits and vegetables should be washed, scrubbed, and/or peeled before eating.

To help keep our honeybee population safe, beekeepers are urged to contact Horry County Mosquito & Spraying to identify the location of their colonies.  In addition, citizens with concerns, complaints, or those requesting spraying in their area can also contact Horry County Mosquito & Spraying at 915-5174.

For more information on mosquito abatement and Horry County’s Stormwater Department, visit our website.

Horry County Patriot Tree Project

The Horry County Board of Architectural Review and Historic Preservation, the Horry County Historical Society, and the Ivy Garden Club will host a dedication for the Horry County Patriot Tree Project on Friday, August 8, at 11 a.m. at the Sasser Home located on the corner of Elm Street and 7th Avenue in downtown Conway. Attendees are asked to park at the First Baptist Church of Conway located at 600 Elm Street.

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, seven trees will be paired with Civil War veterans of Horry County.  Honored at the ceremony will be:

  • John R. Long
  • Lorenzo D. Long
  • W.S. McCaskill
  • William Privett
  • Russell Hardee
  • Charles McDermott
  • Henry Clay Moore

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.

Property Reassessment Notices and Tax Bills to be Mailed

Horry County is in the process of preparing various property tax mailings, as detailed below.

A state-mandated, countywide reassessment of all real properties in Horry County has occurred for tax year 2014, based on values as of December 31, 2013. Horry County’s last reassessment determined the fair market value of real properties as of December 31, 2008, and the amounts of real estate (property) tax paid on those values through tax year 2013.

In September, 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.

Each property owner has 90 days after the date of the assessment notice to notify the Assessor’s Office if they would like to appeal the value as shown on the reassessment notice. The appeal form is available at Filing an appeal does not waive the tax liability, so while the appeals process is underway, it is recommended that you pay the tax liability prior to the penalty period to avoid further penalties. For more information on property reassessment notices, please contact the Horry County Assessor’s Department at (843) 915-5040.

In October, the Horry County Auditor’s office will mail personal property tax bills. Personal property tax must be paid on all personal property, including business personal property used to generate business income within Horry County. This includes business personal property, such as furniture, which is located within a condominium or house that is rented to third parties to generate revenue for the owner. The tax is assessed on the values that the business owners report to the County when they file the Form PR 26 by April 30th each year. More information regarding this filing requirement, including the form and the instructions, are available at If you have questions regarding the personal property tax bill that you receive, or if you filed a Form PR 26 but do not receive a personal property tax bill, please call the Auditor’s Office at (843) 915-5054.

Also in October, the county will mail real property tax bills. Approximately 250,000 bills will be mailed. However, if you have been making installment payments during the year as payments to be applied against your 2014 real property tax bill, your tax bill will not be mailed to you until November 15th. The reason for this delay is that the installment payment that you make during the month of October needs to be processed in order to determine the remaining balance due on your 2014 taxes. Tax bills relating to 2014 can be paid without penalty up to January 15, 2015. Payments postmarked after January 15, 2015, and payments paid at the County’s Treasurer’s Office locations after January 15, 2015 will be subject to a 3% penalty, and additional penalty of 7% if not paid on or before February 1, 2015, and a third penalty of 5% if not paid on or before March 16, 2015. Additional information relating to paying real property taxes on-line, or signing up for the installment payment plan, is available at New applications for the 2015 tax year Installment Payment Program deadline is January 15, 2015. For more information concerning tax payments please contact the Horry County Treasurer’s Office at (843) 915-5470.