City of Surfside Beach, South Carolina

Show me the money: Surfside joins other local cities in wanting to keep tax dollars

South Carolina - Surfside Beach is the next municipality looking to bring extra revenue into their community at the expense of Horry County.

The Surfside Beach Town Council unanimously voted on the first reading of two ordinances Tuesday night that would would restrict the county from netting money the town gains from accommodations and hospitality taxes and reallocating the county’s share into the town budget. The council’s decision would result in the town collecting approximately $1 million annually, according to Town Administrator Dennis Pieper.

“What this boils down to is the town and who’s going to collect and allocate the funds and best manage those funds,” Pieper said. “So, my opinion is the town should manage the collections from these funds and determine the best use and allocations of these monies.”

Surfside Beach is proposing to collect its full 2 percent hospitality tax and 3 percent accommodations tax. Town officials believe the allocation of both accommodations and hospitality taxes will preserve the general welfare of the town and benefit residents.

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