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Horry County News and Announcements


October Library Schedules

Conway, South Carolina – All branches of the Horry County Memorial Library System will have a delayed opening Thursday, October 2 due to in-house training.  Branches normally open on Thursdays will not open until 1:30 p.m. 

The Surfside Beach branch will be closed Saturday, October 4, 2014, due to the Surfside Beach Family Festival.  Also the Loris branch will be closed Saturday, October 18, 2014, due to the Loris Bog Off.

For more information, please contact the Horry County Memorial Library System Administration Office at 843-915-5285.

Some Property Owners to Receive Property Assessment Notices This Week

Conway, South Carolina— Approximately 26 percent of Horry County property owners will be receiving real estate assessment notices this week. The form they will receive is clearly marked at the top with “THIS IS NOT A TAX BILL”, and it shows the 2014 market and taxable property values, as well as the assessment value which is used to calculate the tax bill. The reason that not all property owners will receive this notice is that State law requires the notice to be sent only to owners of properties whose market value has increased by $1,000.  This notice also provides guidance if the owner would like to appeal the assessment on their property.

The 2014 real estate property reassessment has resulted in 65,266 properties with market value increases of $1,000 or more, which are the properties that will receive the assessment notices.  There are 158,662 properties with market value decreases of $1,000 or more and 26,000 properties with increases or decreases less than $1,000.

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 HERE. 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 assessment notices, please contact the Horry County Assessor’s Department at (843) 915-5040.

Also towards the end of 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 HERE.  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.

Horry County Veteran's Affairs Office to Close for Mandatory Training

Conway, South Carolina – The Horry County Veteran’s Affairs Office will close Tuesday, October 7, 2014, through Friday, October 10, 2014, to allow staff to attend mandatory training.  Citizens who require assistance during that time period may call the Regional Call Center at 1-800-827-1000.  The Horry County Veteran’s Affairs Office will reopen Monday, October 13, 2014, at 8 a.m.

For further information, contact Horry County Veteran’s Affairs at 843-915-5480.

CodeRED Emergency Notification System Update

Conway, South Carolina – In October of 2013, Horry County began utilizing the CodeRED® emergency notification system giving county officials the ability to deliver pre-recorded emergency telephone notification/information messages to targeted areas or the entire county at a rate of up to 60,000 calls per hour.

The CodeRED® system enables individuals and businesses the functionality to add their telephone numbers directly to the system’s database. The system was recently updated which now allows users to add multiple addresses and as many phone numbers as needed for other family members or employees. The system also allows email addresses as the emergency notification can be broadcast via phone, text or email.

To date, the CodeRED® system for Horry County has over 111,000 phone numbers registered in the database.  Citizens that have not yet signed up for the free notifications may log onto Horry County’s website, click on “Departments” on the top menu.  There are links to the CodeRED® system on the Fire Rescue, Public Information, Sherriff’s Office, Police Department and Emergency Management pages.

All contact information provided remains private and will only be used for emergency notifications. Anyone without Internet access may call the Horry County Public Information Office at (843) 915-5390, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to give their information over the phone to be added to the CodeRED® system. Required information includes first and last name, street address (physical address, no P.O. Boxes), city, state, zip code, primary phone number and additional phone numbers are optional.

No one should automatically assume that his or her phone number is included. All businesses should register, as well as all individuals who have unlisted phone numbers, who have changed their phone number or address within the last year, and those who use a cellular phone as their primary home phone. Out of state property owners are also encouraged to sign up.  Since the system is geographically based, street addresses are needed to select which phone numbers will receive emergency notification calls in any given situation.

Other CodeRED® features:

  • TTY/TDD Functions – The CodeRED® system allows those hearing impaired to also sign up to receive emergency notifications. Text Telephones (TTY), also known as Telecommunications Device for the Deaf (TDD), are used by the deaf, hard–of–hearing, and individuals with speech impairments to communicate.
  • Message Playback – You can hear the last message to your phone through the CodeRED® system by simply dialing back the number on your Caller ID. Community members can easily identify calls coming from the CodeRED® system as the recipient’s Caller ID will read Emergency Communications Network or 866-419-5000.
  • CodeRED® Mobile Alert App – The free, available app is geo-aware so no matter where you are when an alert is issued, you will receive notifications that affect you – right on your mobile device. The app delivers information from community officials in areas that are subscribed to the CodeRED® Emergency Notification System. The free app is available on Horry County’s website.
  • CodeRED® Weather Warning – This is an opt-in only weather warning product that taps into the National Weather Service’s Storm Based Warnings. This geographical targeted weather-warning product is built into the CodeRED® system and will alert citizens moments after a severe thunderstorm, flash flood, or tornado warning has been issued. Community members can easily identify calls coming from the CodeRED® Weather Warning as the recipient’s Caller ID will read Emergency Communications Network or 800-566-9780. The CodeRED® Weather Warning also provides a CodeRED® Weather Warning Mobile App which is $4.99 per year, but comes with a complimentary 30-day trial with the CodeRED® Mobile Alert App.


Horry County Legislative Delegation to Host Public Hearing on Homeowners' Association Issues

Conway, South Carolina – The Horry County Legislative Delegation will host a public hearing on homeowners’ association issues Wednesday, October 29, 2014, at 7 p.m. in the Burroughs and Chapin Auditorium, Building 1100, on the Conway Campus of Horry Georgetown Technical College located at 2050 Highway 501 East in Conway.

For more information, contact Horry County Legislative Delegation at 843-915-5130.