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NMB City Council will not call for referendum on proposed sales tax

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NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - The North Myrtle Beach City Council will not create a tax that would send money to the North Myrtle Beach Chamber of Commerce, at least not anytime soon.

During a workshop Friday morning, city council responded to a letter from the chamber's former chairman asking the governing body to immediately put that tax into place to fund out-of-area tourism marketing, according to information from Pat Dowling, spokesperson for North Myrtle Beach.

Council decided not to give the go-ahead to the penny sales tax at the workshop, as members believed several projects like beach renourishment, ocean outfalls and beach parking should be taken care of before inviting more visitors to the area, Dowling added.

In the spring, George Durant, the vice president of tourism and development for North Myrtle Beach, said the tax would allow for momentum building and marketing, as well as capital improvement. 

"More importantly, it provides a property tax rebate for our residents in the area," Durant said at the time.

On Friday afternoon, a clarification was sent out by Dowling that addressed a rumor within the community suggesting the city council would call for a referendum on the chamber’s proposed one-percent sales tax at their Aug. 1 meeting.

“The issue is not on the Aug. 1 council meeting agenda,” Dowling said.

He added any city council member could bring up the idea of a referendum and the rest of the body could discuss the issue at that point.

However, any referendum would require an ordinance that would be voted on during two separate meetings.

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