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Education

Tourism works for education by providing millions of tax dollars used to fund teachers, school operations and school facilities. In South Carolina, a portion of our statewide sales tax has been dedicated to funding public education for many years. In 2008, the South Carolina General Assembly added a statewide sales tax to fund education. Likewise, Horry County voters replaced a portion of local school property taxes with a local-option sales tax. Every time a tourist shops in a local store, eats in a local restaurant or stays in a local hotel, they are helping to fund education in South Carolina.

Rick Maxey
Rick Maxey, Ph.D.
Superintendent
Horry County Schools
Marilyn Fore

Marilyn “Murph” Fore, Ed. D.
President
Horry-Georgetown Technical College

Dave DeCenzo
David A. DeCenzo, Ph.D.
President
Coastal Carolina University

State Funding

Horry County School District - $200,571,651 (FY 2018) in state revenue that was funded from a combination of sales and use tax, individual income tax, corporate income tax, and other fees/taxes.

Horry Georgetown Technical College - $9,084,891 (2016-2017)

Coastal Carolina University - $12,801,503 (2017-2018)

Note: while the above figures may not all be attributed to tourism funds, it’s helpful to note that tourism is a big part of the state’s education funding method.

Education Projects to be Funded with the 1% Tourism Fee

Horry Georgetown Technical College

Coastal Carolina University

Tourism provides an excellent learning laboratory for students who seek internships, on-the-job training and field exercises. For those students looking to work part-time or full-time, tourism provides endless employment opportunities.

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