MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) The Horry County Auditor's office is catching more people with out of state tags this year than ever before. Horry County Auditor Lois Eargle says her office is projected to break last year's numbers, and they're only a couple of weeks into the new school year.
Last year the auditor's office busted around 420 people for having out of state tags. But this year, they've found nearly 200 people who haven't registered their vehicles in the first couple of weeks. Eargle believes it's probably because of the economy forcing people to move around and the increasing amount of children in Horry County Schools.
The majority of reports are coming from the office's investigators who rotate around all Horry County Schools, but there has also been an increase in tax-paying citizens calling in to report drivers seemingly trying to dodge paying.
"People are really aggravated," says Eargle. "The fact that they're abiding by the laws and registering their vehicles and people are riding around here not doing it."
Right now the office only has two investigators to cover the entire Horry County school district. That's two people with the task of covering 49 different schools. So far, they've only been to 15 schools. The office has been trying to get more help. Eargle says she's been applying to the county for new additions to her staff for seven years, with no luck. She also says the cost of adding two more investigators would be between $60,000 to $75,000, but the county says the money isn't there.