Horry County, South Carolina
Horry County is one of 46 counties in South Carolina. As of the 2010 census recorded the county's population to be 269,291. Founded in 1801, its county seat is Conway, and its largest city is Myrtle Beach. The county shares with Georgetown County an arc-shaped strip of sandy beaches and barrier islands called the Grand Strand, which is a major U. S. tourist destination and retirement community. The area centered in Myrtle Beach is becoming a metropolitan area.
Last rated on May 2, 2012.
- Budgets, annual financial reports, and tax rates posted.
- Council members listed with contact information.
- Meeting schedule, minutes and agendas available.
- Taxes can be paid online. Local tax information provided.
- Form and information to file a public records request provided.
- Zoning and building permit information provided.
- Administrative officials listed with telephone contact information.
- Bids are available.
- Administrative email addresses are not available.
- Contracts are not available online.
- Does not disclose if belongs to government sector lobbying associations.
The FY 2011-2012 budget totals $299,755,359. It was approved by the City Council on June 21, 2011. General fund tax revenues for property tax on real estate was projected to increase by 1.8% from the FY 2011 collection. The budget includes 36 new county positions in 7 departments. It included 84 unfunded positions as a cost saving measure. It does not include any compensation increases.
|FY 2010 Actual||FY 2011 Budget||FY 2011 Estimated||FY 2012 Budget|
| Net Increase (Decrease)
In Fund Balance
Expenditures by category are as follows:
|Source||Percent of Total|
|Contingency and Other||8.0%|
|Supplies and Materials||5.3%|
|Business and Travel||3.3%|
Revenue sources are broken up as follows:
|Source||Percent of Total|
|License and Permits||2.0%|
|Fees and Fines||38.2%|
The county is governed by a 12 member County Council. Members are:
|Harold G. Worley||District 11|
|Brent Schulz||District 2|
|Marion Foxworth, III||District 3|
|Gary Loftus||District 4|
|Paul D. Price, Jr.||District 5|
|Bob Grabowski||District 6|
|James R. Frazier||District 7|
|Carl Schwartzkopf||District 8|
|W. Paul Prince||District 9|
|Jody Prince||District 10|
|Al Allen||Vice Chairman- District 11|
A county organizational chart can be found here.
See also: South Carolina state government salary
The county does not provide salary information online. However, a database of 2009 salary details provided by The Sun News contains information on employees earning over $50,000. It lists ten employees earning over $100,000 in annual salary, with the highest being former county administrator John Weaver, who earned a salary of $167,606.00.
See also: South Carolina public pensions
All eligible full and part time county employees are required to participate in the SC Retirement System. Employees contribute 6.5% of their gross earnings per pay period. The county contributes 9.24% into the account. Police, firefighters, and detention officers contribute 6.5%, while the County contributes 10.65%. Regular retirement is 28 years of service or age 60. Police retirement is 25 hers of service or age 55.
Transparency & public records
Freedom of Information Act requests are handled by the Public Information Office.
The FY 2012 budget expected $288,048,206 in total county revenues.
In 2005, Horry County reported $0 spent on lobbying.
- Official Horry County Website
- Horry County Historical Society
- U.S. Census Bureau Quick Facts
- Horry County Memorial Library
- Horry County Schools