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Horry County Wins Budget Award

Conway, South Carolina – The Horry County Finance Department received the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada.  The award represents a significant achievement by the Horry County Finance Department’s Budget Manager and reflects the commitment of the governing body and staff to meeting the highest principles of governmental budgeting. This is Horry County’s 27th consecutive award.

In order to receive the budget award, Horry County had to satisfy nationally recognized guidelines for effective budget presentation. These guidelines are designed to assess how well an entity’s budget serves as a policy document, a financial plan, an operations guide and a communications device.

Horry County’s budget can be viewed online



Horry County Council Passes First Reading of FY2015 Budget

Conway, South Carolina – The Horry County Council passed first reading of the Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 budget at its annual Budget Retreat which was held April 10 & 11 at the C.B. Berry Community Center in Little River, SC.

The county’s fiscal year runs July 1 to June 30, and the proposed FY 2015 Budget is $373 million. The budget includes no new taxes or fee increases, a two percent cost of living increase for county employees, and a one percent across the board reduction for all departments.

The county has a variety of funds that are used to track revenues and expenditures for different types of services, projects and activities.

State law directs the Horry County State Accommodations Tax (ATAX) funds received by a county or city that has a high concentration of tourism activity may be used to provide additional services including, but not limited to, law enforcement, traffic control, public facilities, and highway and street maintenance, as well as the continual promotion of tourism. The funds must be used to promote tourism and enlarge its economic benefits through advertising, promotion, and providing those facilities and services which enhance the ability of the county or city to attract and provide for tourists.

The ATAX fund is budgeted in FY 2015 to remain at the FY 2014 revenue budget level at $4,130,000. After subtracting the $25,000 and five percent General Fund components ($230,265 total), the balance is $3,900,035. After the state required 30 percent distribution for “advertising and promotion of tourism”, the projected amount available for allocation is approximately $2,669,745. County Council also plans to carry over the $100,000 remaining in unspent FY 2014 ATAX funds for use in FY 2015. Based on council discussions at the Budget Retreat, the proposed allocation of ATAX funding for FY 2015 is as follows:

Horry County Police – Beach Patrol $1,100,000.00
Horry County Gov’t. – Beach Cleanup Program $627,406.83
Horry County Gov’t. – Roadside Litter Program $208,000.00
Horry County Gov’t. – Beach Renourishment $510,000.00
Horry County Gov’t. – Hwy. 501, 17, 544 (landscape) $ 46,500.00
American Heart Association (Beach Ride) $ 16,000.00
Arcadian Shore Dr. Comm. Assoc. (street lighting) $ 7,000.00
Claire Chapin Epps Family YMCA $ 12,000.00
Garden City Beach Community Association:
Median Maintenance $ 82,350.00
Street Lights $ 16,000.00
Horry County Museum:
Quilt Gala $ 4,000.00
LW Paul Living History Farm $ 4,200.00
Little River Chamber of Commerce $ 83,700.00
Little River COC –“Blue Crab Festival” $ 9,300.00
Long Bay Symphony $ 5,000.00
North Myrtle Beach Area Historical Museum $ 10,000.00
Palmetto Studios Arts Alliance/Xcon World $ 5,000.00
South Strand Campground Assoc. $ 19,530.00
Horry County Museum Foundation $ 1,860.00
Total $2,767,846.83

Also included in the budget is $1,055,000 for CoastRTA and $1.3 million for the Myrtle Regional Economic Development Corporation.

Horry County Council also approved $333,000 ($208,000 from ATAX and $125,000 from the General Fund) for a litter program that features three components: enforcement, litter pick-up and education. The program will include additional temporary employees for pick-up, equipment and materials. The Keep Horry County Beautiful Committee will continue to educate and promote a litter free county and assist in community cleanups.

An updated five-year Capital Improvement Plan was approved for FY 2015 to FY 2019 totaling $109 million from various funding sources to include the General Fund, general obligation bonds, special funds, and other revenue sources. Projects include public safety technology improvements and equipment replacements, fiber installation, lifecycle maintenance, recreation projects, aerial photography, new financial system, road paving, etc.



Horry County Wins Budget Award

Conway, South Carolina – Horry County Budget & Revenue received the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada. The award represents a significant achievement by Horry County Budget & Revenue and reflects the commitment of Horry County Government body and staff to meeting the highest principles of governmental budgeting. This is Horry County’s 25th consecutive award.

In order to receive the budget award, Horry County satisfied nationally recognized guidelines for effective budget presentation. These guidelines are designed to assess how well an entity’s budget serves as a policy document, a financial plan, an operations guide and a communications device.

Horry County’s budget can be viewed online.



Horry County to Host Housing Fair

Conway, South Carolina– The Horry County Community Development Block Grant Office, the county’s Planning and Zoning Department and the Affordable and Workforce Housing Commission will host a Housing Fair at the Horry County Government & Justice Center on Saturday, April 26, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. The Housing Fair is free and open to the public.

The Horry County Housing Fair will feature multiple workshops on fair housing, personal finance and budget, down payment assistance, heirs property resolution, quiet title, truth in lending and finding the right realtor. The fair will also feature multiple exhibitors to include area non-profits, local governments and lending institutions to provide attendees with a wealth of information on housing programs, financing, and rental and homeownership options. To-date, the following exhibitors will include the South Carolina Housing Authority, the Grand Strand Housing Authority,Myrtle Beach Housing Authority, Habitat for Humanity, the Homeownership Resource Center, South Carolina Legal Services, A Father’s Place, Wells Fargo and the Coastal Carolina Association of Realtors

“The Horry County Housing Fair will be great resource for members of our community to learn about homeownership opportunities for individuals and families across a spectrum of income levels,” stated Diana Seydlorsky, Horry County Community Development Block Grant Director. “The featured workshops and exhibits are designed to educate attendees about location options, being prepared for buying or renting and more.”

Staff from the Horry County Planning and Zoning Department and the Horry County Community Development Block Grant Office will be on hand to assist attendees and help answer any questions. For more information on the Horry County Housing Fair, please call (843) 915-7033.




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