One way or another, courthouse paid by tax payers

Funding for county infrastructure needs and a new county courthouse will be decided by voters this August as the two separate half cent local option sales taxes (LOST) have been finalized for the primary ballot by the Board of County Commissioners.

If approved by voters, both of these taxes would add half a cent each to every dollar spent in the county for the next five years. The half-cent is expected to collect $35 million, respectively, over the life of the tax.

The first would fund the building of the courthouse on Pine Street in Milton; the second would generate revenue for county capital improvement projects.

This is the third time two years a LOST to fund rebuilding the outdated county courthouse will be decided by the voters.

In 2014, voters rejected a similar 1-cent tax for a period of 10 years. The ballot also offered three location options that all failed to garner the requisite number of votes.

Moving Santa Rosa Forward (MSRF,) a coalition of Santa Rosa County commerce chambers, is attempting to market the LOST taxes to voters to ensure passage.

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