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Upcoming Meetings & Updates for the Week of November 22, 2021

All Horry County Government offices, except Public Safety operations, will be closed Thursday, November 25 and Friday, November 26, 2021 in observance of Thanksgiving.

Upcoming Meetings

Tuesday, November 23, 2021, 11:30 a.m.

Keep Horry County Beautiful Committee

Click here for the agenda and here for the packet.

 

Wednesday, November 24, 2021, 3 p.m.

Planning Commission Virtual Workshop

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).

 

Monday, November 22, 2021, 2 p.m.

Board of Fee Appeals

Click here for the agenda.

Upcoming Change to Transaction Fees for Tax Payments

Beginning Saturday, November 20, 2021 all card transactions, credit and debit, processed through our website will be assessed a 2.35% fee. Previously, the online fee for debit cards was a flat fee of $3.95. For payments made in person at the office, credit card transactions will incur the 2.35% fee and pin debit transactions will incur the $3.95 fee. The County does not receive any revenues from these transactional fees, they are paid directly to the processor and cover the transactional fee assessed by the processor. The County does not set or determine these rates.

We encourage anyone doing business with us online to take advantage of the free e-check transaction online. The e-check payment process uses the Automated Clearing House (ACH) system to transfer money electronically, requiring customers to use the routing and account numbers from their financial institution to make a payment.

Taxpayers can make an online payment by visiting horrycounty.org/Online-Services/Tax-Payments. Customers with questions about their tax bill can call the Treasurer’s Office at (843) 915-5470.

Emergency Rental Assistance Program

Horry County is a recipient of the Emergency Rental Assistance Program Funding from the U.S. Department of Treasury. Horry County has partnered with the Eastern Carolina Housing Organization (ECHO) for the implementation of this program.

The ERAP program makes funding available to assist households that are unable to pay rent or utilities. Eligible applicants can receive up to 12 months of past-due rent and utility assistance, plus three months forward. Landlords can also apply on behalf of tenants with past due rent online or by phone. Interested individuals can apply online at erap.echousing.org or by phone at 843-492-2600.

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.



Horry County Partners with Eastern Carolina Housing Organization to Provide Rental Assistance to Residents

Horry County is prepared to assist residents struggling to pay their rent due to the economic impacts of COVID-19. Horry County has received $622,221 from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) program. This federally-funded program will support the temporary expansion of the Homeless Prevention assistance program being offered by the Eastern Carolina Housing Organization (ECHO) to help families and individuals facing eviction to stay in their homes.

On May 15, 2020, South Carolina courts lifted the moratorium on evictions. The rental assistance program will provide a measure of relief for people who are experiencing sudden economic hardship because of COVID-19, including renters and their landlords.  

“This is an unprecedented situation. Our goal is to utilize our federal resources to keep Horry County families safe and in their homes,” said Courtney Frappaolo, Director of Horry County Community Development.

Horry County partners with Eastern Carolina Housing Organization (ECHO) to provide rapid rehousing and homelessness prevention assistance to Horry County individuals and families. “One of the most important things we can do to prevent homelessness is to keep people housed in the first place,” said Joey Smoak, CEO of ECHO. “Our goal is to ensure that individuals are not forced out of their home as a result of lost income due to COVID-19.”   

Applications for assistance will be available via an online application system accessible from ECHO’s website at www.echousing.org. Interested applicants who do not have computer access can call the ECHO Access Point at 843-213-1798 to complete an application over the telephone.

All applicants will be screened for eligibility, must meet targeting threshold requirements, and will be asked to provide documentation including: verification of household income and either a Magistrate’s Court Order of Eviction or a letter from their landlord stating the applicant is behind on rent and will be evicted within 14 days.



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