Commission will retry penny tax for courthouse in 2016

During the 2016 election cycle, Santa Rosa County Commissioners will ask voters once, twice if necessary, to reconsider supporting a temporary penny sales tax to fund construction of a new county courthouse.

“The largest issue we face is the judicial facility,” County Administrator Hunter Walker said during the board’s Jan. 28 planning workshop which addressed unfunded large-scale projects.

Walker cited security risks, infrastructure issues, space limitations and ongoing costs to maintain the 87-year-old building.

“If we decide today to put it on the 2016 ballot it would give us time to hold public hearings,” Commission Chairman Don Salter said.

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