Horry Co. Assessor's Office faces thousands of appeals

Horry County, SC - By Chandi Lowry - bio | email

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – The Horry County Assessor's Office is filled with thousands of property assessment appeals, receiving 12,000 total for 2009.

Workers are doing their best to get through the 3,000 appeals that are left to review, and claim they have slashed 24 percent off of property taxes for the appeals already heard by staff members.

"A little bit over a half of our appeals have been condos," Rendel Mincey said, who works for the Horry County Assessor's Office. "The next big top property has been vacant lots."

Mincey said most of the paperwork is flooding the office because the last assessment on properties within the county was conducted in 2005. The appeals, however, could cost Horry County $900,000 in tax revenue.

During the nearly five-year span since the last assessment, the housing market has suffered because homes are not worth as much as they were in the past.

"I'm sure everyone is trying to save as much money as they can, and it's tough," said Jake Lowery, who recently purchased a home. "Anything that you can keep in your pocket versus the government or the county - that would definitely help with the economy."

Mincey defended it's a busy time for the office and is asking for patience from homeowners as they deal with the appeals, the upcoming reassessment and a new computer system.