Horry County Council failed to pass second reading of a budget amendment that is required for the HCSWA to take recyclables from Charleston County.
A budget amendment requires an absolute super majority vote of council, nine “Yes” votes, in order to pass.
The amendment received a vote of 7-4. A vote of 9-2 was required to pass second reading. Horry County Council District 3 is without a member pending a special election this fall to replace Marion Foxworth who resigned after the August 18th council meeting to accept the Registrar of Deeds job.
Without a budget amendment approved by county council, the Horry County Solid Waste Authority has no authority to contract with Charleston County to take recyclables from Charleston County.
But, the HCSWA already has signed that contract and has been processing recyclables from Charleston County since late July.
And, it’s not the contract itself that caused four council members to vote against the budget amendment Tuesday night.
Rather, it’s the process, or lack of it, that the HCSWA used to come to an agreement with Charleston County in the first place.
According to past statements by several HCSWA officials, Charleston County first approached the HCSWA in late May 2015 about taking recyclables for processing at the HCSWA material recovery facility on Hwy 90.
At that point, the HCSWA should have informed Horry County Council what was being discussed and the ramifications for the HCSWA budget, which is part of the overall county budget approved by council.