Santa Rosa County Commissioners Nov. 13 are expected to delay the deadline for payment of residential beach lease fees until March 31. The board hopes by that date to know more about pending federal legislation which could completely eliminate lease fees on Santa Rosa Island.
Santa Rosa County Commissioners discussed the matter at their Nov. 10 committee meeting, following the board’s Oct. 23 suspension of a related 2001 county beach lease credit policy. That policy had for more than a decade provided Navarre Beach leaseholders with annual dollar-for-dollar lease fee credit in the amount of yearly residential ad valorem tax receipts.
The county’s policy was put into place after Santa Rosa County Property Appraiser Greg Brown started levying property taxes on the island in 2001. After the Florida Supreme Court upheld his ad valorem assessments earlier this year, commissioners considered reducing residential beach lease fees to $1 to compensate and keep leaseholders from having to pay both property taxes and beach lease fees.
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