Horry County reallocates $35,000 from Myrtle Beach to county lib - WMBFNews.com, Myrtle Beach/Florence SC, Weather

Horry County reallocates $35,000 from Myrtle Beach to county libraries

(Source: WMBF News) (Source: WMBF News)

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - Horry County has taken $35,000 of library general fund money, and reallocated  it from the city to the county for library improvements.  The resolution to do so passed county council Tuesday night.

The money will pay for a slew of improvements to Horry County Memorial Library branches.  The county has more than a dozen branches.  The library interim director said the majority of the money will pay for more books, library website training and panic buttons for those who do not already have one.

County councilman Johnny Vaught said the improvements wouldn't be happening if the county didn't decide to withhold the money from Myrtle Beach's Chapin Memorial Library.  This came after county residents had to pay for a library card, while city resident do not.

"When people say 'well, I have to pay to use the library,' and we're funding part of the library's operations...then our constituents have every right to come back and say 'I'm paying for services I'm not getting." You know? And we feel very strongly about that too," Vaught said.

The money that used to go to Chapin Memorial Library to support operations is from the county's general library fund, which comes from county tax dollars.  The library decision came after another of, what the county considers, 'snubs' against county residents having the same access to city organizations, like the Chapin Memorial Library, and parking. 

"We pledged $35,000 a year to help them defray costs, you know, and then we found out that was going on.  And we said, you know, that was just another instance of county people paying for services they're not getting, really because that's what it amounts to.  Because that's part of the library fund...and so we decided to withdraw that," Vaught said.

The county gave $35,000 to the Chapin Memorial Library annually.  But, when the City of Myrtle Beach decided to charge county residents to park, many people weren't happy.

County council has heard those frustrations, and since a compromise was not reached, the county decided to look closely at what and how county residents benefited from city organizations the county was giving money to. One of those organizations being Chapin Memorial Library.

Copyright 2017 WMBF News. All Rights Reserved. 

  • Local NewsLocalMore>>

  • Florence man wins $100,000 in Powerball

    Florence man wins $100,000 in Powerball

    Friday, November 17 2017 12:39 PM EST2017-11-17 17:39:27 GMT
    Source: SC Education LotterySource: SC Education Lottery

    A winning Powerball ticket has made a Florence man $100,000 richer, according to a press release from the South Carolina Education Lottery. “I’m happy,” the lucky winner said. “But all I can think about this that one number.” 

    More >>

    A winning Powerball ticket has made a Florence man $100,000 richer, according to a press release from the South Carolina Education Lottery. “I’m happy,” the lucky winner said. “But all I can think about this that one number.” 

    More >>
  • Breaking

    Marion city officials granted bond after indictments for allegedly knowing fire department contained asbestos

    Marion city officials granted bond after indictments for allegedly knowing fire department contained asbestos

    Friday, November 17 2017 12:32 PM EST2017-11-17 17:32:35 GMT
    Ralph Cooper (left) and Alan Ammons have been indicted on three counts.Ralph Cooper (left) and Alan Ammons have been indicted on three counts.

    The Marion fire chief and city administrator are scheduled to appear in court for a arraignment hearing Friday morning after a grand jury handed down indictments alleging they knew the Marion Fire Department building contained asbestos and allowed staff, volunteers and community members to come inside.

    More >>

    The Marion fire chief and city administrator are scheduled to appear in court for a arraignment hearing Friday morning after a grand jury handed down indictments alleging they knew the Marion Fire Department building contained asbestos and allowed staff, volunteers and community members to come inside.

    More >>
  • Horry County Council looking to allocate impact fees towards infrastructure

    Horry County Council looking to allocate impact fees towards infrastructure

    Friday, November 17 2017 12:02 PM EST2017-11-17 17:02:57 GMT
    Right now impact fee laws allocate money towards capital improvement projects only (WMBF News).Right now impact fee laws allocate money towards capital improvement projects only (WMBF News).

    Horry County Council members are looking into getting the laws for impact fees changed to help fund the need for infrastructure to match the growing development in our area, according to councilman Johnny Vaught. This has been a challenge Vaught said comes with the constant development and growth of Horry County.

    More >>

    Horry County Council members are looking into getting the laws for impact fees changed to help fund the need for infrastructure to match the growing development in our area, according to councilman Johnny Vaught. This has been a challenge Vaught said comes with the constant development and growth of Horry County.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly