Horry County Atax funds one step closer to reaching groups and projects

  • Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Garden City Beach got a bit closer March 26 to receiving reimbursement for money it spends to maintain and mow the median between Surfside Beach and Georgetown County, and for street lighting in Horry County, but the unincorporated community may not receive all the money it requested from Horry County.

The Garden City Beach Community Association requested $82,350 for the maintenance and $16,000 for to maintain street lights in the community.

The countyís Atax advisory panel approved 93 percent of the total request. The councilís Administration Committee, which meets Friday, will decide if they will recommend that the county award that figure or some other figure.

The council is under no obligation to accept the amounts approved by either committee.

More than a dozen nonprofits and governmental entities have requested nearly $3.5 million from a pot thought to be about $2.7 million, although final figures will not be known until the state allocates the money raised by the accommodations tax levied on tourists staying in hotels and rental homes along the Grand Strand.

Horry County projects received the nod for a bulk of the anticipated funds from the Atax panel, including money for the Beach Patrol, beach and roadside litter cleanup and beach renourishment.

One program, a berm height study, would affect Garden City directly. Funds would provide information on the effect of raising the berm at Garden City Beach from 7 to 9 feet when the decennial renourishment is complete.

Also approved was money for lighting at the new parking lot behind Samís Corner. However, those projects also saw their projects cut by seven percent, with the exception of the beach renourishment.

ďThere are always a number of worthy projects but the money is just not there to fund all of them at the level they deserve,Ē said Atax committee chairman Dennis McElveen.

His committee also recommended funding for the American Heart Associationís annual beach ride, Coastal Youth Ballet Theatre, Horry County Museum, Little River Chamber of Commerce, the Long Bay Symphony, the Myrtle Beach Family Campground Association, the North Myrtle Beach Area Historical Museum, X-con World, the South Strand Campground Association and the Horry County Museum Foundation.

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