Gilland to hold food event, concert to pay ethics fines

Horry County, SC - MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Time is up and Horry County Council Chairwoman Liz Gilland has missed the deadline to pay $45,000 in fines from the South Carolina State Ethics Commission.

Gilland was ordered to pay the fines because of missing paperwork from her 2006 re-election campaign.

Herb Hayden, executive director of the SCSEC, says the fee will not increase if Gilland does not pay it. However, should she choose to travel that route, it will force officials to file a lien against her property.

Hayden also says officials are notifying the South Carolina Department of Revenue to start taking a portion out of her income to pay the fines.

Gilland says she wants to hold concerts and chicken bog events this summer to raise money to pay off the fine.

"My take-home pay pays my bills. I'm not going to ask people to give me money to pay the ethics folks, so they can wait for their money," explained Gilland. "I'll do a concert. I'll do whatever it takes. I'll wash cars. I'll get the money paid off, but it will take some time."

Gilland says she is not running for re-election and says the lingering fines had nothing to do with that decision.

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