MARCH 1, 2018
– Joe Gosiewski, BRRA City Liaison
On Wednesday March 6, 2018. there will be a city wide referendum vote on the proposed 1% Tourist Development Tax. If passed, approximately $8.5 million is forecast to be generated by the proposed tax. 80% (possibly $6.8 million) of the tax money collected will be given to the North Myrtle Beach Chamber of Commerce to invest in out-of-area marketing to promote additional tourism in North Myrtle Beach.
After the second year of the tax, 20% (possibly $1.7 million) will go to the City of North Myrtle Beach for fiscal needs. A 20% portion of that possible $1.7 million (possibly $340,000) will go toward property tax relief. The tax relief forecast is a $51.00 rebate on a home assessed at $250,000 and $71.00 on a home assessed at $350,000.
If passed, the 1% tax will apply to everything (gas, household supplies, restaurants & prepared foods, beverages, furniture, appliances, building materials, nail/beauty salons, golf course fees, etc) sold in North Myrtle Beach with the exception of food purchased in a market for home preparation.
The North Myrtle Beach Chamber of Commerce supports this tax. The majority of the North Myrtle Beach City Council is against the tax.
Your vote is important. In the most recent 2017 City Council election, only 600 registered voters in Barefoot went to the polls.
Voting will take place at the firehouse on Barefoot Resort Bridge Road on March 6 from 7 am to 7 pm.
Please exercise your right and have your voice heard.