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Horry County News and Announcements


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.

Horry County Weekly Update December 31, 2018- January 4, 2019

Click HERE for Horry County Government's meetings, agendas, releases, holiday closures, and road construction for the week of December 31, 2018 through January 4, 2019. 

Public Information Meeting Scheduled for the Proposed Relocation of US 501 from Broadway Street to 9th Ave in Horry County


The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) has scheduled a Public Information Meeting for Tuesday, January 15, 2019, concerning the proposed relocation of US 501 in Myrtle Beach.  The proposed improvements along US 501 are from Broadway Street to 9th Avenue.

The meeting will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Myrtle Beach Train Depot, located at 851 Broadway Street in Myrtle Beach. The meeting will have a drop-in type format with displays for viewing and citizens will have the opportunity to provide written comments.  Formal, verbal comments will not be taken during this meeting; however, in the future if an official Public Hearing is held, citizens will have the opportunity to make formal, verbal comments. Project information, including meeting materials and comment forms will also be available on the project website:  or SCDOT website (, Public Involvement Portal).


The purpose of this meeting is to provide an opportunity to review and discuss individually with representatives from SCDOT the proposed improvements to US 501.  These improvements are intended to improve capacity and safety of the corridor.  Another purpose of the meeting is to gather information from the public or any interested organization on historic or cultural resources in the area.  Personnel from SCDOT will be available to answer questions and discuss the project with interested citizens on an individual basis.


Additional information concerning the project may be obtained by contacting Stacey Johnson, P.E., SCDOT Assistant Program Manager, at 803-737-3715 or by email at  Persons with disabilities who may require special accommodations should contact Ms. Betty Gray at 803-737-1395.

Horry County Fire Rescue Holds Smoke Alarm Blitz

**This event has been rescheduled due to inclement weather. Stay tuned for the new date.**

Horry County Fire Rescue is holding a smoke alarm blitz, tomorrow, Saturday, December 15, 2018 from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Firefighters will be going door-to-door installing smoke detectors in four locations around Horry County. Message boards were posted in the communities earlier this week to let local residents know about tomorrow’s event.

“Smoke detectors save lives, and we are committed to ensuring the fire and life safety of Horry County residents,” said Horry County Fire Rescue Chief Joseph Tanner. “The smoke alarm blitz has been a very successful program here, and we will continue to host these and other fire safety events in our community.”

Each of Horry County’s four battalions will be working at four different locations—

Battalion 1: Woodridge Mobile Home Park off Mineola Avenue in Little River

Battalion 2: Backwoods Mobile Home Park off Peachtree Rd. in Socastee

Battalion 3: Saddlebrook Mobile Home Park off Long Avenue Extension

Battalion 4: Chase Street off Hwy 917

Residents who would like to request a smoke alarm can fill out the online request form here:

Socastee Community Meeting

Horry County officials, in partnership with Horry County Councilman Cam Crawford, Representative Heather Ammons Crawford, and Senators Luke Rankin and Stephen Goldfinch, are organizing a Socastee Community Meeting on Wednesday, December 12, 2018 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Socastee High School.

Members of the community with properties impacted by the recent flooding following Hurricane Florence are encouraged to attend to learn more about available resources and community resiliency planning efforts. Participating organizations will be set up in stations around the common area and attendees will be able to visit different stations and speak with representatives from those agencies.

Participating organizations include South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Small Business Administration (SBA), Disaster Recovery Office (DRO), Grand Strand Water and Sewer, Horry Electric, and the United States Army Corps of Engineers. In addition, Horry County departments including Stormwater, Public Works, Code Enforcement, Engineering, Planning & Zoning, Emergency Management, Fire Rescue, and the Police Department will be on hand to answer questions.