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Upcoming Meetings for June 22-26, 2020

Upcoming Meetings

Meeting attendees are encouraged to wear a face-covering when entering the building and when social distancing is not possible or practical.

 

Infrastructure & Regulation Committee

Tuesday, June 23, 2020, 9 a.m.

Click here to view and download the agenda or here for the packet.

 

Administration Committee

Tuesday, June 23, 2020, 2 p.m.

Click here to view and download the agenda or here for the packet.

 

Planning Commission Workshop

Thursday, June 25, 2020, 3 p.m.

Click here to view and download the agenda or here for the packet.

 

Library Board of Trustees

Thursday, June 25, 2020, 4:30 p.m.

Click here to view and download the agenda or here for the packet.

 

Horry County Recreation Centers to Reopen

Horry County Department of Parks & Recreation facilities will re-open to the public on Monday, June 22nd. This includes Recreation Centers, Community Centers, and the Cochran building. All HCPR facilities will resume their normal operating hours. Those with memberships will be refunded a pro-rated amount based on the amount of time our facilities were closed and their memberships will remain valid until the original expiration.

The Recreation Centers will be offering pickleball and basketball during designated hours only, while the walking tracks will be open the entire day. Gym schedules can be found below. Fitness classes will be offered with limited capacity, so those interested are encouraged to register online here to ensure their spot. 

In an effort to make our facilities as safe as possible and to stop the spread of COVID-19, our staff will be wearing masks, gymnasium capacity is limited, cleanings are being conducted more frequently, drinking fountains have been disabled, hand washing stations have been added, and social distancing markings have been placed throughout the Centers.

We appreciate your understanding during this time and ask that everyone visiting our facilities please be respectful of social distancing guidelines. We strongly encourage visitors to wear masks while in common areas and will have them available at the buildings. Please bring your own water bottles and any personal equipment needed for fitness classes.

Click here for Recreation Center Gym Schedules.

 

Horry County Assessor to Mail Assessment Notices

The Assessor’s Office will begin mailing 2020 Assessment notices this week. These notices will go to 22,000 taxpayers. These are notices for people who have recently purchased or made significant additions or improvements to their property.

The remaining taxpayers should see no change in their valuation as this is not a reassessment year. Those who do receive notices will have 90-days from the date of the notice (September 18, 2020) to make an appeal based on the new data. All other taxpayers will be able to make appeals based on their tax notice, which will be mailed around October 1, 2020.

In addition, the Assessor’s Office will be mailing out several hundred letters to taxpayers who may be eligible for an Agricultural exemption on their property. The office identified approximately 500 taxpayers who might be eligible but have not yet applied for the exemption. If you receive one of these letters, you should go online to apply for the exemption. You can find the application online.

If you have any questions, please be in touch with the Assessor’s Office at (843) 915-5040.  

 

Please Complete the Greater Grand Strand Promise

The Welcome Back Horry County Committee has launched its Greater Grand Strand is Open website and they are asking all Grand Strand/Horry County residents, businesses, and visitors to please take a minute and complete the Greater Grand Strand Promise.

Please visit https://www.greatergrandstrandisopen.com/ to submit the form and make the promise.

The same committee encourages you to share the Greater Grand Strand Promise campaign on your social own media accounts.

Below are links to all of the social media sites below for you to share.

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/GreaterGrandStrandisOpen/

Twitter - https://twitter.com/gspromise  

Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/greatergrandstrandisopen/

YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-SfaDcNXgESSsJFM6i_Vrw

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Horry County Government COVID19 Operations Update

Following the guidance from Governor McMaster and state agencies, Horry County will allow public access to its buildings with best safety practices being implemented. Safety measures will include:

  • Everyone in high-traffic public areas will be required to wear masks while inside facilities. This includes lobbies, waiting areas, customer service counters, etc. Everyone is encouraged to bring their own mask and wear it prior to entering the facilities.
  • Occupancy limits are set in public areas of offices and lobbies.
  • Physical distancing guidelines are in place.
  • Services made available online will continue and the public is encouraged to use online services when possible.
  • Additional hand sanitizing stations are stationed in public areas.
  • Enhanced cleaning operations will continue.

To help alleviate crowding in public areas, Horry County encourages individuals to continue to do business online and over the phone with county departments where possible. Horry County will continue to phase into operations as conditions permit, and ask for patience if wait times exist.

Anyone planning to visit a County building should be prepared to check in with staff located at the entrance to the facility. Visitors may be asked to wait outside the office or facility depending on the capacity of the facility.

County officials remind everyone to continue to follow CDC and S.C. DHEC safety guidelines as well as Governor McMaster’s executive orders that remain in effect.

All Horry County Parks and Recreation centers remain closed at this time. Information about reopening facilities and resuming programming will be provided as soon as possible.

Jurors called by the Horry County Clerk of Court are excused through the end of July.

All local Magistrate Offices are open to the public for filings and court.

Central Traffic Court in Conway is open as well as is the Central Jury County. Central Jury will only be receiving guilty pleas, so the public will not be required to serve jury duty.

Preliminary Hearings will resume on June 19, 2020, and like Central Traffic Court hearings will be spaced out over the course of the entire day with all parties having a specific time to appear.



Important Phone Numbers and Information for Taxpayers

REAL ESTATE INFORMATION / QUESTIONS:  ASSESSOR’S OFFICE (843) 915-5040

https://www.horrycounty.org/Departments/Assessor

The Assessor’s office responsibilities include:  keeps real property records (land, buildings and mobile homes), land transfers, appraises real property for tax purposes, takes applications for 4% assessment ratio (legal residence and agriculture property), maintains maps for assessment purposes and makes address changes on all real estate.  To apply for any special assessment or make an address change please go online https://www.horrycounty.org/Departments/Assessor or come into our office.

 

PERSONAL PROPERTY INFORMATION / QUESTIONS:

AUDITOR’S OFFICE: (843) 915-5054, (843) 915-5050, (843) 915-5052, (843) 915-5053, (843) 915-5055

https://www.horrycounty.org/Departments/Auditor

The Auditor’s office responsibilities include:  keeps records of and appraises personal property (autos, trucks, airplanes, boats, campers, etc.), receives information for taxation (boats, airplanes, business personal property, etc.), prepares tax notices, takes applications for Homestead Exemption (see Homestead Exemption information in glossary above), and makes address changes on all personal property.

**** Personal property licensed or registered with a state agency must be appealed to the County Auditor within twenty (20) days of the date of mailing of the tax notice.  (SC Department of Revenue, PO Box 125, Columbia, SC  29214.)****

 

PAYMENT INFORMATION / QUESTIONS:  TREASURER’S OFFICE:  (843) 915-5470

https://www.horrycounty.org/Departments/Treasurer

https://www.horrycounty.org/Online-Services/Tax-Payments

https://www.horrycounty.org/Departments/Delinquent-Tax

The Treasurer’s office responsibilities include: collects current property and all vehicle taxes, online tax payments, installment payments, processes mortgage company payments, safeguards all county  funds, distributes tax money to county, school and municipalities, invests funds for the county, collects executed taxes not paid after March 17 of each year and all delinquent taxes. ***You may pay online using a debit or credit card (convenience fees apply) or the fee free e-check option when you use a bank routing and account number https://www.horrycounty.org/Online-Services/Tax-Payments.



Legal Residence Application Now Available Online

Conway, South Carolina - The Horry County Assessor’s office is pleased to announce that filing an application for legal residence no longer requires the taxpayer to visit the office. The Assessor’s website now has a fully electronic application that can be completed from home or on a mobile device.  Taxpayers will need to know their Property Identification Number (PIN), which can be found on their tax notice, and have the ability to either scan and attach the documentation or take a clear photo from a mobile device. These documents will then need to be attached in the program to complete the application. 

To access the application, users can go to the Assessor’s website, choose the blue Legal Residence Application button and follow the prompts. For assistance or additional information, contact the Horry County Assessor’s Office at (843) 915-5040.

Taxpayers unable to submit applications via the internet may still apply in person at the Horry County Assessor’s Office located at the Olin Blanton Building, 1201 21st Avenue in Myrtle Beach or at the Horry County Government & Justice Center, located at 1301 2nd Avenue in Conway. 



2015 Property Tax Bills Mailed

Conway, South Carolina—The County is mailing approximately 250,000 real property tax bills this week. You can currently view your tax bill online by visiting www.horrycounty.org and clicking “Online Services”, then clicking “Tax Payments and Receipts”. Next, enter the property owner name or map number to view the details of the tax bill. This is the same screen where you can make an on-line payment if you chose to do so.  With the implementation of the new tax billing system, you can now pay property taxes by telephone by calling 1-866-830-3582.  The following day you can print your tax receipt from the County’s website by following the above steps.

Tax bills relating to 2015 can be paid without penalty up to January 15, 2016. Payments postmarked after January 15, 2016, and payments paid at the County’s Treasurer’s Office locations after January 15, 2016 will be subject to a 3% penalty, and additional penalty of 7% if not paid on or before February 1, 2016, and a third penalty of 5% if not paid on or before  March 16, 2016.  Additional information relating to paying real property taxes on-line, or signing up for the installment payment plan, is available HERE. The deadline for new applications for the 2016 tax year Installment Payment Program is January 15, 2016.  For more information concerning tax payments please contact the Horry County Treasurer’s Office at (843) 915-5470.

The Horry County Auditor’s Office is mailing approximately 83,000 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 HERE. 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.

The Auditor’s office is also mailing over 16,000 tax notices for watercraft/motors (SCDNR-registered boats and U. S. Coast Guard documented vessels).  There is no annual filing requirement for SCDNR-registered boats; however, if you own a vessel federally documented with the U. S. Coast Guard, you are required to file a Watercraft Survey with the Auditor’s Office by April 30th of each year for a vessel you owned on the prior December 31st, even though it may have been sold after the December 31st assessment date.  The Watercraft Survey is available HERE. If you have a question about taxes on a SCDNR-registered watercraft, please call 843-915-5055.  If you have questions about a tax notice for a U. S. Coast Guard documented vessel, please call 843-915-6643.



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