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Hot off the heels of the City of North Myrtle Beach property tax increase, the North Myrtle Beach Chamber of Commerce has revitalized their effort to have a one percent tourism development tax implemented.
Planned use for the proposed tax is advertising the North Myrtle Beach area and improving the Chamber headquarters. WPDE has more details including quotes from their new chairman. Read it here.
The NMB Chamber has been talking about this tax for over a year. Funny enough, on Tuesday a reader on our Facebook page commented that the property tax increase was a motivation to get support for the tourism sales tax.
The Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce have obviously laid the legislative groundwork to make this tax a possibility. But I don't think any other municipality will be able to get away with a sales tax hike without a voter referendum like Myrtle Beach was able to. The MBACC has been under constant criticism for the tax being passed without a public vote. Additionally, the urgency just isn't there like it was for the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber that was under the threat of losing state funds.