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City Leaders Vow: MYRTLE BEACH TOURIST TAX WILL CONTINUE

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LEADERS PLEDGE THAT THEY WILL — — — USE ALL MEANS NECESSARY TO SEE THAT TOURISTS AND LOCALS CONTINUE TO BE TAXED.

Leaders Say They Will Work To Ensure The Myrtle Beach Tourist Tax Continues Through 2029

On Friday,  S.C. Governor Nikki Haley  vetoed an extension of the Myrtle Beach tourist tax.  Comments from our news reports showed tremendous support for the Governor’s efforts to end the Myrtle Beach Tourist Tax.  As other local TV stations get paid millions in revenues from those very taxes, none chose to report the news of Governor Haley’s veto.

Local Myrtle Beach leaders, however, stated they will use every effort necessary to see that the tax continues.   The Chamber of Commerce will work with the S.C. Congress and Senate to ensure that the Myrtle Beach tourist tax continues through 2029.

Despite a 2016 S.C. Congressional attempt at dealing with ethics reform,  S.C. Congressmen and Senators are in the full grips of the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce.   One local political insider we spoke with on Sunday,  May 29th,  stated from calls he had made to congressmen,  Haley’s veto will get a 95% override vote from both houses.

Last year,  Speaker of the House,  Bobby Harrell was indicted for his part in statewide political corruption.  While this tax has lead to ongoing investigations into the city, area leaders stand behind the tax without any blush.  Statewide investigations this year into both senators and congressmen were halted by attorney general Alan Wilson.  The S.C. Supreme Court will decide if Wilson has the power to shut down those investigations.  Most locals believe Wilson, or close congressional colleagues, are among those being investigated. Meanwhile,  Myrtle Beach Chamber of Commerce and city leaders are certain they have enough politicians statewide in their pockets to ensure an override of Governor Haley’s veto.

If the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce is able to use their financial muscle to override Governor Haley’s veto,  the group will then use its power to put a Chamber of Commerce financed Governor in office in 2018.

Locals fear that,  should the Chamber of Commerce win this political fight, the Myrtle Beach Chamber of Commerce and its powerful members will control the State of S.C.  for the next 30 years minimum.

Tax Comments

 

Comments On Tourist Tax

Comments like the above were posted when the news of the Tourist Tax veto was aired.

Over $30 million annually goes into the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce Tourist Tax.   While the money has not grown Myrtle Beach tourism,  it has been used as leverage to buy up political capital in S.C.

Myrtle Beach is now considered one of the most politically powerful insider cities in the state.   It appears that this tax will continue.

Many of our national readers stated on Sunday,  that should the tax be extended,  their families would find other beach destinations.

North Myrtle Beach
Locals Hope Governor’s Tourist Tax Veto Holds

 

There is still hope to kill this tax,  but readers would need to act quickly.  To see what you can do,  click here.

 

Typical City Harrassment Since This Tax Was Enacted

City Harrassment

 

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About David Hucks

Born in 1961, David 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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