She said the council likely will re-evaluate airport operations after the study but there are no glaring problems with management at this point.
"I sure couldn't put my finger on anything that is a problem of significance," Gilland said.
Councilman John Boyd voted in favor of the study Nov. 29. Although County Council is approving the funding, the money will come from the airport's budget. The Solid Waste Authority and Partners also paid for their studies.
"I think [the studies] were very beneficial, and I think this one will be, too," Boyd said.
After an efficiency study this year and six weeks of workshops, Partners was reborn as the county Regional Economic Development Corp. with new leaders and a new reporting procedure to show Horry County how its annual investments create economic growth in the area.
The group is negotiating a new contract, including annual funding, with Horry County.
A similar study of the Solid Waste Authority had much smaller consequences.
"It was favorable on the Solid Waste Authority's behalf," showing the authority is run "very efficiently," and resulted in the removal of one employee position, Executive Director Ricky Hardee said.
Liz Gilland | County Council chairwoman
Costs of a new airport terminal have been scaled back from $250 million to $200 million over the past year, and now the county faces a dispute over millions of dollars with its engineering contractor.
The airport is a key resource for the area's tourism economy and is predicted to have a record number of passengers this year.
AvCraft, which leases property at the airport, raised political controversy this year over financial performance and missed job-creation deadlines.
What | Horry County Council meeting
Where | County Government and Justice Center, Second Avenue, Conway
When | 6 p.m. today
Why | Council takes a final vote on funding an airport-management study
The $105,000 study would look at how efficiently the airport balances property leases, an increasing amount of passengers, and a $200 million terminal project.
News reports on management problems could impel the FAA to deny the county's request for all or part of the $200 million needed to pay for the new 14-gate terminal on the airport's west side.
The county and HNTB Architecture Inc. of Washington, D.C., wrangled for months over an additional $7.85 million to $8.75 million the company said it was owed for terminal design and construction...
The proposed $105,000 study would have shined a spotlight on airport operations and management as the county tries to build a $200 million terminal.