City of Myrtle Beach files new motions in hospitality tax dispute, claims Horry Co. didn’t properly pass ordinance

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MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WBTW) – The City of Myrtle Beach has filed new motions in the hospitality tax dispute with Horry County.

Two motions were filed Tuesday, according to Mark Kruea, spokesperson for the City of Myrtle Beach. One motion is to lift the stay that has been in place since July and the other motion is to amend the city’s complaints.

In the motions, the city claims Horry County passed the hospitality tax ordinance in 1996 without first holding the required three readings.

The city also claims the hospitality fee is no longer valid because it doesn’t currently fund a particular project.

The city’s motion to amend their complaints can be read at the links below:

Kelly Moore, spokesperson for Horry County, responded to the city’s filing of the new motions Wednesday, saying “The County will be filing a response in due course.”

On Monday, the mediator in the ongoing hospitality fee battle between Myrtle Beach and Horry County declared an impasse and city officials said they were ready to “vigorously prosecute.”

A statement released by the city on Monday said an agreement was approved by Myrtle Beach, North Myrtle Beach, Surfside Beach, Atlantic Beach and Aynor that would have funded both I-73 and SC 22 improvements, but Horry County “is unwilling to settle.”

But, Horry County officials fired back on Monday saying the county disagrees with many of the city’s assertions and stands willing to settle. Read more about what the county had to say here.

Count on News13 for updates on this continuing legal battle.

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