The City of Beaufort, which is located on Port Royal Island, part of South Carolina’s Sea Islands, is looking for a firm to mount a public education campaign to support a tax hike referendum that will be on the ballot on Nov. 2.

If passed, the Local Option Sales Tax will add a penny to the seven percent sales tax.

Seventy-one percent of the raised revenue will go back to property owners in Beaufort County as a property tax credit.

The remaining funds will be distributed to municipalities including Beaufort, Hilton Head Island, Bluffton, Port Royal, Hardeeville and Yemassee.

Beaufort’s RFP notes that “a significant amount of the revenue raised through LOST would come from visitors and tourists.”

The desired firm will develop a communications strategy, identify influencers, handle messaging, and conduct outreach.

Proposals are due Aug. 31. They go to:

City of Beaufort
City Hall
Finance Dept., Attn: John Robinson
1911 Boundary St.
Beaufort, SC 29902.

The envelope must be marked: “RFP 2022-104 Consulting Services for Public Education Campaign.”

Read the RFP (PDF).