Horry County Public Transit referendum passes

Supporters of mass transit are excited about their victory this election night.

The referendum asked voters if Horry County should dedicate up to six tenths of a mill to the area's only public transit system. The referendum is a non-binding vote. It is only meant to advise the Horry County Council about the wishes of the public.

Advocates have pushed their campaign called 'Let's Roll' for the past 16 weeks to area groups and governments through a presentation.

It compares the Grand Strand to other vacation destinations like Charleston, which has less than half the number of visitors than Myrtle beach but gets $8 million dollars in local funding.

Coast Regional Transit Authority received $650,000 in local funding this year. If council members decided to give Coast RTA the whole six-tenths of a mill by increasing taxes, Coast could receive $1,000,080.

It would cost homeowners $2.40 per $100,000 appraised value of their homes - per year.