Horry County Council votes to delay action on I-73 agreement with SCDOT

Horry County Council votes to delay action on I-73 agreement with SCDOT

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – The Horry County Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to defer action regarding their agreement over the funding of I-73.

Horry County entered into an agreement with SCDOT to spend up to $25 million per year on I-73.

But the county has been trying to figure out how to pay for the project after the city of Myrtle Beach, North Myrtle Beach, Surfside Beach and now Conway have moved to take control of accommodations and hospitality taxes, cutting off the county’s collection of tax dollars. That money was meant to fund I-73.

The Horry County Council unanimously voted to not do anything yet regarding the agreement with the SCDOT.

“There’s no rush to approve or change the SCDOT contract right now. There’s no downside right now leaving it in place just like it is. We feel we want to give the process of negotiating with the cities every possibility of success,” council member Johnny Vaught said.

Meanwhile the Horry County Council voted to move forward with defending a lawsuit filed against them by the City of Myrtle Beach. The city accuses the county of collecting millions of dollars of hospitality fees illegally.

Vaught said he believes the county has a very good chance at winning the lawsuit.

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