Surfside Beach town council approves stormwater utility fee

Grand Strand

SURFSIDE BEACH, SC (WBTW) – Town council gave final approval to a stormwater fee that leaders say will pay for more than $3 million in needed drainage projects.

Homeowners will pay an $82 annual fee. The amount businesses pay will be based on property size. Council passed final reading of an ordinance for the fee at a meeting Tuesday night.

Public works director John Adair says Surfside could collect at least $400,000 annually from the fee. The fee would fund several drainage projects worth an estimated $3,450,000. Surfside’s north end alone would get $2 million.

Here’s a list of the capital improvement projects Adair says could be funded by the fee:

  1. Phase II North Side Drainage Project – $1,000,000
  2. Phase III North Side Drainage Project – $1,000,000
  3. Dogwood Swash – Replace Ocean Boulevard Culvert Bridge – $700,000
  4. Melody Basin – Eliminate Discharge into Garden City – $400,000
  5. Floral Swash – Replace Bulkheads – $350,000

The town stopped pursuing a fee in 2017, but resumed after several flooding events, especially Hurricane Florence. A stormwater management program would also be created to make sure Surfside meets national water runoff standards.

The fee will be added to next year’s Horry County property tax bills.

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