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