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Horry County Lifts Burn Ban

Effective immediately, Horry County Government has lifted the outdoor burning ban for the unincorporated areas of Horry County.  We ask that you continue to follow all Burning Regulations set forth by the South Carolina Forestry Commission, which can be located at http://www.state.sc.us/forest/fire.htm. All open burning in Horry County requires you to contact the South Carolina Forestry Commission at 1-800-986-5404, before the burn is started.

We remind our citizens that where the burn ban is not in place, we ask their consideration and due diligence when actively involved in open burning. Always remember to lean on the side of safety, and do not burn in windy or dry conditions.



Horry County Initiates Burn Ban

 Due to Weather Conditions, Horry County Government has initiated an outdoor burning ban effective immediately for the unincorporated areas of Horry County. This ban will remain in place until further notice. The ban has been placed due to the extreme fire danger as a result of the low relative humidity and windy conditions. Any and all outdoor burning, included permitted burns, are strictly prohibited during the ban, and those involved in any open burning would be in violation of the law.

For more information on the status of the burn ban, visit horrycounty.org. 



Horry County Government Accepting Vendor Applications for 2019 International Drive Road Race

The International Drive Road Race is just around the corner and we are looking for vendors and sponsors that want to get in on the fun! You can learn more about vending and sponsorship opportunities HERE. If you have questions, please reach out to our Race Coordinator, John Bodner, at bodnerj@horrycounty.org or 843-915-6508. 

The Second Annual International Drive Road Race is Sunday, April 28, 2019. The event includes a 5K, 12K, and one mile fun run for kids. More information and registration is available online HERE



Horry County Weekly Update for February 25-March 1, 2019

Click HERE for Horry County Government's meetings, agendas, releases and road construction for the week of February 25-March 1, 2019.



Countywide Reassessment of Real Properties Underway for 2019 Tax Year

A state-mandated, countywide reassessment of all real properties located in Horry County is underway for tax year 2019. A reassessment ensures that property taxes are determined on an updated fair market value of properties. The Horry County Assessor’s Office is in the process of appraising all property values at fair market value as of December 31, 2018. This new value will be used for calculating property tax bills issued by Horry County during October 2019. The Assessor’s Office is responsible for determining property values, but they do not set tax rates.

Residents may notice staff and vehicles from the Horry County Assessor’s Office in their neighborhoods during the appraisal process. The Horry County Assessor's Office uses a mass appraisal system with data including information such as heated square footage, garages, decks, pools, type and quality of construction, land area, water features, and several other attributes required for the mass appraisal process. Appraisers in the field are working to confirm those data points and make updates as needed.

In September 2019, 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.

The South Carolina Code of Laws requires that once every five years all real property in every county within the State will be reappraised and adjusted to current fair market value as of December 31 of the year prior to implementing the reassessment. Only real property is appraised during a reassessment. Values of personal property, such as cars and boats, are adjusted on an annual basis and kept current through the Horry County Auditor’s Office at the direction of the South Carolina Department of Revenue. The purpose of a reassessment is to equalize the valuations of all real property in a county. The five-year reassessment cycle in South Carolina is an appraisal freeze, only broken on property sale or change to a property.



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