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City Council Unanimously Passes & Funds One Grand Strand Concept

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It is an entirely new day and a new era in the City of Myrtle Beach.

The One Grand Strand Downtown Development Framework was unanimously approved by Myrtle Beach City Council today.

Not only was the framework approved, but the $258 million funding mechanisms of a TIF and a MID were also unanimously voted for.

Existing downtown Myrtle Beach businesses are now operating under the auspices of this new plan.

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The plan will be funded by $258 million dollars of authorized new debt and new taxes to pay for that debt.

Funding Source Details

The two key funding sources for the plan include a Municipal Improvement District tax and Tax Increment Financing.

Municipal Improvement District (MID) is a geographic area in which property owners (generally, excluding owner-occupied residences) agree to be assessed for supplemental services to improve the district.

Tax Increment Financing (TIF) uses the incremental increase in tax revenue generated by investments in infrastructure and other improvements in the TIF district as the funding source for debt service on a municipal bond issued to fund those district improvements

One Grand Strand Downtown D… by MyrtleBeachSC news

The Plan places the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber and the City of Myrtle Beach at the top of the plan’s organization chart. Just below are One Grand Strand and a new Place Management Organization.

The role of Place Management will be day to day district management of the Myrtle Beach business community, along with, advancing reinvestment.

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At the very bottom of the organizational chart are existing business owners.

The primary role of existing businesses will be to collect the MID and TIF taxes and pass those along to the organization as a whole.

Businesses in the district will vote to approve the MID. Sources we spoke with stated that the votes needed were already in place.

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David Hucks is a 12th generation descendant of the area we now call Myrtle Beach, S.C. David attended Coastal Carolina University and like most of his family, has never left the area. David is the lead journalist at MyrtleBeachSC.com

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