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Horry County Auditor Announces Online Filing for Business Personal Property Tax Returns

Conway, South Carolina—Horry County Auditor Dr. Lois Eargle announced today a new online filing system for business personal property tax returns filed with the County Auditor’s Office. Property owners who are subject to the business personal property tax will be receiving a postcard in the mail with instructions on how to file online, providing a fast, convenient way to file rather than by a paper form.

In the past, property owners required to file business personal property tax returns with the County used a PR-26 form.  While PR-26 forms will still be mailed out in March to property owners subject to business personal property tax, they can now file online instead of using paper forms.

The new online system will be more efficient both for taxpayers and for the staff in the Auditor’s Office in processing approximately 84,000 returns.

Property subject to business personal property tax includes the furniture, fixtures, and equipment that are owned and used in a business. This includes the furniture, fixtures, and equipment associated with residential properties that are not primary or secondary homes, such as rental units. This update to the system deals specifically with business personal property taxes that are filed with the County Auditor’s Office.  

Property owners who have questions about filing business personal property taxes and the online filing system can call the Horry County Auditor’s office at (843) 915-5054. 



Horry County Launches the Development of IMAGINE 2040

Conway, South Carolina – Horry County will be kicking off the new year with a rewrite of its Comprehensive Plan. Municipal and county governments use comprehensive plans to guide future growth and public services. By state law, comprehensive plans are required to be rewritten every ten years to ensure that development and policy occur in a way that is consistent with the desires of the community. Over the last decade, Envision 2025 has served as the guiding document for growth in unincorporated Horry County.

The development of Horry County’s new comprehensive plan, IMAGINE 2040, will initiate in January. An ad hoc committee of the Horry County Planning Commission has been established to steer the development of the plan. The IMAGINE 2040 Steering Committee will meet for the first time on January 4, 2018, from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Horry County Government and Justice Center located at 1301 Second Avenue in Conway. The Committee will begin the visioning process for the future of Horry County, which will also be formed by public input that will begin during the months of January and February.

Horry County citizens are encouraged to participate in one of the following IMAGINE 2040 Open Houses. These public meetings will inform the community of the planning process and provide an avenue to guide the vision of the plan. The meetings will be held on: 

  • Thursday, January 25, 2018, from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Horry County Government & Justice Center, 1301 2nd Ave, Conway, SC 29526
  • Monday, January 29, 2018, from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at South Strand Recreation Center, 9650 Scipio Lane, Myrtle Beach, SC 29588
  • Wednesday, January 31, 2018, from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at North Strand Recreation Center, 120 Hwy 57, Little River, SC 29566
  • Monday, February 5, 2018, from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Carolina Forest Recreation Center, 2254 Carolina Forest Blvd, Myrtle Beach, SC 29579

Throughout 2018, residents are encouraged to visit the IMAGINE 2040 webpage to follow the plan’s progress and to get involved in its development, Residents can also reach out to Horry County Planning & Zoning at (843) 915-5340 for more information. 



Horry County Offices to Close for Christmas

Conway, South Carolina – All Horry County offices, other than public safety operations, will be closed  Friday, December 22, 2017, Monday, December 25, 2017, and Tuesday, December 26, 2017, in observance of Christmas. Regular courts may be in operation in the Horry County Government & Justice Center and all jurors, witnesses, etc. will be required to be present.

In addition to the above dates:

  • The Horry County Museum and the L.W. Paul Living History Farm will be closed Saturday, December 23, 2017.
  • All branches of the Horry County Memorial Library will be closed Saturday, December 23, 2017.
  • All branches of the Horry County Memorial Library will close at 5 p.m. Monday, December 18, 2017, through Thursday, December 21, 2017, and Wednesday, December 27, 2017, through Friday, December 29, 2017.


Horry County Offices to Close for Veterans Day

Conway, South Carolina – All Horry County offices, other than public safety operations, will be closed on Friday, November 10, 2017, in observance of Veterans Day. Regular courts may be in operation and all jurors, witnesses, etc. may be required to be present.

In addition to the above dates:

  • The Horry County Museum and the L.W. Paul Living History Farm will be closed Friday, November 10, 2017, and Saturday, November 11, 2017.
  • All branches of the Horry County Memorial Library will be closed Friday, November 10, 2017, and Saturday, November 11, 2017.


4th Annual Horry County Community Cleanup Day a Success

Conway, South Carolina – Horry County Council, in conjunction with Keep Horry County Beautiful and numerous partners, hosted a countywide, volunteer litter cleanup event on Saturday, October 21, 2017. The event featured 10-locations around the county where approximately over 205 volunteers came out and picked up nearly 700 bags of litter. The number of bags of litter collected by County Council district are as follows: 

  • District 1        -           92 bags
  • District 2        -           20 bags
  • District 3        -           7 bags
  • District 4 & 5 -           61 bags
  • District 6        -          35 bags
  • District 7        -          54 bags
  • District 8        -          36 bags
  • District 9 & 10 -        189 bags
  • District 11      -          36 bags
  • City of Conway -      150 bags 

Participating agencies and partners for the event include Keep Horry County Beautiful, PalmettoPride, Coastal Carolina University, Horry County Schools, Carolina Forest Civic Association, Greater Burgess Community Association, Horry County Solid Waste Authority, Coast RTA and many more.
 
Keep Horry County Beautiful also recognized the following groups and individuals for achievement in efforts to reduce litter and beautify our county. The Community Cleanup and Beautification Awards for 2017 were:
 
Outstanding Business Award 

  • Ocean Lakes Campground 

Outstanding Non-Profit Award 

  • Surfrider-Grand Strand 

Outstanding School Award

  • Early College High School
  • Forestbrook Middle
  • Lakewood Elementary 

Outstanding Community Award

  • Coast RTA
  • Horry County School District Transportation Dept. 

Beautification Award

  • United Way of Horry County 

Achievement in Waste Reduction

  • City of Conway Solid Waste Department 

Outstanding Litter Prevention Program

  • Waccamaw Riverkeeper
  • PalmettoPride 

Outstanding Leadership in Litter Prevention

  • Horry County Police Department


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