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Upcoming Meetings & Updates for the Week of October 11, 2021

Upcoming Meetings

Monday, October 11, 2021, 5:30 p.m.

 Zoning Board of Appeals

Click here for the agenda and here for the packet.

Tuesday, October 12, 2021, 9 a.m.

Public Safety Committee

Click here for the agenda and here for the packet.

Tuesday, October 12, 2021, 2 p.m.

Infrastructure & Regulation Committee

Click here for the agenda and here for the packet.

Friday, October 15, 2021, 10 a.m.

Hwy 90/905/Conway Perimeter Task Force Meeting

Click here for the agenda and here for the packet.

These meetings will also be broadcast on the Horry County Government website, and the Government Access Television Channel (Spectrum/Time Warner channel 1301 or Horry Telephone Cooperative Channel 14).

Horry County Planning & Zoning Announcements

Applications are Open for the Third Annual Citizens Planning Academy

Registration is now open for the popular Citizen Planning Academy Program.

The Academy covers topics like development trends, capital improvements planning, and how to be an engaged and informed participant in the County’s planning processes. 

This year, the Academy will be a virtual program with a series of interactive virtual sessions beginning in November 2021 and concluding in February 2022. Everyone that completes the program receives a certificate.

Use the link below to learn more and apply online today. Applications are open through October 24, 2021.

Apply for Planning Academy

 

Community Drop In: Proposed Rezoning Request at Wizard Golf Course

A community drop in is scheduled on Wednesday, October 20, 2021 regarding a proposed rezoning request to redevelop The Wizard Golf Course. The drop in style meeting will be held at the Carolina Forest Recreation Center from 4-6 p.m. Interested members of the public will be able to discuss the redevelopment plan with the project agent, Felix Pitts of G3 Engineering.

When: Wednesday, October 20, 2021 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Where: Carolina Forest Recreation Center

Project Agent: Felix Pitts of G3 Engineering

Horry County Planning & Zoning Releases Annual Report

Horry County Planning and Zoning officials are pleased to release the FY21 Annual Report for the department.

The report includes information about growth and development trends, significant department achievements, and the activities of the Boards and Commissions associated with the department.

Download the Annual Report

Registration Open for Ghost of the Coast 5K and Trunk or Treat

Join us Saturday, October 23, 2021 at Carolina Forest Recreation Center for the Ghost of the Coast 5K and Trunk or Treat. Costumes are encouraged and you can bring the whole family, including your pets! Trunk or Treat will be held at the soccer fields behind the recreation center from 2-4 p.m. and the Ghost of the Coast race will begin at 4 p.m. To register for the race, visit Ghost of the Coast Fun Run (runsignup.com). (You do not need to be signed up for the race in order to attend the Trunk or Treat).

Horry County Auditor's Office Moves Camper Returns Online

The Horry County Auditor’s Office announced a new process that will allow property owners to complete their camper and travel trailer tax returns online. Returns for campers and travel trailers are typically mailed out in January each year. Horry County has more campers than any other county in the state of South Carolina.  

County Auditor Beth Calhoun said, “We are always looking for ways to improve efficiency and customer service and I’m excited to roll out this new online process. We appreciate the support of our Horry County IT/GIS team and their help making this project a reality.”

The new form can be accessed online by visiting horrycounty.org/Departments/Auditor. Property owners do not need to take any action until they receive their property notice, or after the first of the year.

Anyone with questions can be in touch with the Auditor’s office directly at (843) 915-5050.

Feedback: Horry County Flood Resilience Plan

In an effort to gauge the needs and desires of the community as the Flooding Subcommittee and County Council prepare to review the Horry County Flood Resiliency Plan, Horry County is accepting comments on the plan via email at resiliencyproject@horrycounty.org

Feedback will be accepted through October 22, 2021. After that time, the feedback will be collected and presented for review by the Flooding Subcommittee. 

Public feedback has been a critical component of the development of this plan and we want to make sure our community continues to be engaged and informed throughout the remainder of the process.

Community members can review the proposed Horry County Flood Resiliency Plan in its current form on the Horry County website.

Review the Draft Plan

Upcoming Road Closures & Construction Updates

Motorists in all road construction areas should use caution, stay alert for crews working in the area, and pay attention to all signs and traffic control devices.

Partial Road Closure on Industrial Park Road

A portion of Industrial Park Road in Conway, between Harris Shortcut Road and the curved section of Industrial Park Road in front of the Horry County Animal Care Center, will be closed to all traffic except construction traffic. Motorists in the area should use caution, stay alert for crews working in the area, and pay attention to all signs and traffic control devices.

County Operations Update

County Offices Implement COVID-19 Precautions

Due to the continued rise of COVID-19 cases, Horry County Government has instituted protocols to help in the safety and wellness of our staff and visitors. Safety measures will include:

  • Anyone entering Horry County Government buildings is strongly encouraged 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 may be set in public areas of offices and lobbies.
  • Services made available online will continue and the public is encouraged to use online services when possible.
  • Some departments may require appointments to be scheduled in order to serve you best. It is recommended you call the department you are looking to do business with before coming to visit in person.

Horry County encourages individuals to continue to do business online and over the phone with county departments where possible. Horry County asks for patience if wait times exist.

Anyone planning to visit to the Horry County Government and Justice Center should be prepared to check in with staff located in the atrium of the facility. Visitors may be asked to wait in the atrium or outside the facility depending on the capacity of the facility.

Please avoid visiting Horry County facilities if you are not feeling well.



Horry County Implements Operational Changes in Some Facilities

Beginning today (August 17, 2021), some Horry County Government offices will limit capacity inside their facilities due to the increase of COVID-19 cases in Horry County.

We strongly urge the public to handle business online where possible. Many transactions and other requests can be handled online. We understand that there are certain transactions that must take place and are not available online. We encourage people to call departments directly for information and coordination prior to visiting a Horry County Government facility.

  • The Horry County Treasurer’s Office will be conducting all transactions using the drive thru windows at the Conway, Little River, and South Strand locations. The Myrtle Beach office has a drop box located in the front of the complex that will be checked several times daily in the event you are unable to travel to another office. We also provide online payment services with a free e-check option.
  • The Horry County Auditor’s Office will be closing their offices to the public, but staff will remain in the office and will be standing by to assist people over the phone. In addition, inside the facility, but outside of the offices, they will have a drop box set up for people that need to provide paperwork or other forms. You are encouraged to call the office for more information.
  • The M.L. Brown Public Safety Building, Police Precincts, and Fire Stations will be accepting visitors by appointment and on a space available basis. Please call prior to your visit.

As conditions continue to change, additional changes to service may be necessary. For that reason, we encourage everyone to be in touch with the offices they need by phone prior to visiting our facilities for the latest information.



Auditor’s Myrtle Beach Office Temporarily Closing

Due to increased cases of COVID-19 and potential exposures, the Horry County Auditor's office in Myrtle Beach located at 1201 21st Avenue North, will be closed effective immediately through February 18, 2021. The office is anticipated to reopen on Friday, February 19, 2021.

The offices located in Conway, Little River and South Strand will remain open and operating on normal schedule. Some services, including the application for the homestead exemption, are available online.

Visit horrycounty.org/Departments/Auditor for those services, location and contact information for the other branches. You can also email questions to auditor@horrycounty.org.



Auditor's Conway Office Temporarily Closing Week of December 21

Due to increased cases of COVID-19 and potential exposures, the Horry County Auditor's Conway office located at the Government and Justice Center will be closed next week, December 21 through December 25. The offices located in Little River, Myrtle Beach, and South Strand will remain open and operating on normal schedule. Some services, including the application for the homestead exemption are available online. Visit horrycounty.org/Departments/Auditor for those services, location and contact information for the other branches. You can also email questions to auditor@horrycounty.org.



Horry County Auditor’s Office Announces New Improvements to E-Filing

The Horry County Auditor’s Office is pleased to announce further improvements to their online e-filing systems for business personal property taxes. Since e-filing was introduced in 2017, it has become the most secure and preferred method of filing.

To date, the office has input 100,000 business personal property tax accounts. In the coming year, they will be able to add 150,000 additional accounts with assistance from new Robotic Processing Automation RPA from Blue Prism technology. The cost of the RPA technology for this project was $15,000. An estimated 3,000 hours of staff time will be saved annually with this new system allowing staff to focus on other projects and customer service initiatives.

There are plans to implement this same technology in other offices across the county to improve efficiencies and reduce staff time on manual data entry. In an effort to make more services paperless and to improve office efficiencies, the e-filing system and digital record keeping implemented by the Auditor’s office has allowed them to move the equivalent of 99 filing cabinets and 700 boxes of files to records retention.

“Working together with the Auditor, Assessor and Treasurer, our IT Department has done an absolutely fantastic job helping us implement new technology to save our taxpayers time and money,” said Auditor Lois Eargle. “We are going to continue to work together to make improvements and make our systems more efficient.” 

Property subject to business personal property taxes include the furniture, fixtures, and equipment owned and used in business and accommodation type properties not primary residence. Property owners who have questions about filing business personal property taxes and the e-file e-form PR-26 can call the Horry County Auditor’s Office Business Personal Property Division at (843) 915-5054 or email auditor@horrycounty.org.



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