County exploring new sales tax

  • Friday, April 25, 2014

Georgetown County Council voted, at its meeting on Tuesday night, to establish a sales tax commission.

The creation of the Capital Project Sales Tax Commission is a necessary step if the county wants to put a new sales tax up for a referendum.

The county last tried to create a new penny sales tax to pay for $40 million in projects in 2012, but it was defeated 15,586 to 12,831 at the ballot box.

County Administrator Sel Hemingway told Council on Tuesday that some of the money from the new tax, if its approved, would be used to pay for the dredging of the Port of Georgetown.

In other business

• County Council made several changes to funding recommendations by the county’s Accommodations Tax Committee.

The county has $488,406 on hand to award this spring, and requests totaled $823,347.

The final awards were: $28,000 for Georgetown County Parks and Recreation; $12,000 for the Pawleys Island Highway Beautification Program; $96,295 for the Georgetown County Sheriff’s Office; $31,000 for the Litchfield Corridor Beautification Committee; $19,650 for the Garden City Beach Community Association; $14,100 for Murrells Inlet 2020; $59,550 for the Litchfield Beaches Property Owners Association; and $200,000 for the Georgetown County Chamber of Commerce.

• After a public hearing, Council approved extending the Fireworks Prohibited Zone to 48 Seaview Loop in North Litchfield.

The application was filed by Polly Player.

• Council approved an Automatic Aid Agreement between Georgetown County Fire/EMS and Awendaw District Fire Department.

The agreement allows each fire company to help out in case of an emergency.

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