Clock is ticking on selling tax to voters

Voters might have been left with more questions than answers after a presentation by Moving Santa Rosa Forward’s Ed Carson on the half cent local option sales tax (LOST) for capital improvements to the Economic Development and Government Affairs Committee (EDC) Friday, Aug. 19.

Though the majority of attendees generally spoke positively about the Aug. 30 ballot item, some voiced concerns about where the money would actually go.

EDC Co-chair Robert Collins said he is unsure how he will vote on the tax because there is no guarantee the LOST dollars would find their way to the south end.

“In Navarre, if we are going to vote for a sales tax we should know how it’s going to benefit us,” he said. “I don’t think there is any guarantee that it does or does not. It’s only a guaranteed benefit to Jay, Gulf Breeze and Milton. It would all depend on how the county commissioners vote at the end of the day.”

The three cities within the county would receive a chunk of the funds off the top per state statute. Based on the LOST profit estimates, Milton would get $755,000, Gulf Breeze would get $480,000 and Jay would get $44,000.

These cities would then still be eligible for portions of the remainder as the money is dispersed out.

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Ed Carson of Moving Santa Rosa Forward fields questions Friday, Aug. 19, from the Economic Development Committee about a primary ballot item local option sales tax for capital improvements. Carson said the clock is ticking on trying to get voters behind the tax.

Ed Carson of Moving Santa Rosa Forward fields questions Friday, Aug. 19, from the Economic Development Committee about a primary ballot item local option sales tax for capital improvements. Carson said the clock is ticking on trying to get voters behind the tax.

During the meeting Transportation Planning Organization Citizen Advancement Committee member Ralph Agnew expressed support for the tax indicating it could be a potential benefit for road maintenance.

During the meeting Transportation Planning Organization Citizen Advancement Committee member Ralph Agnew expressed support for the tax indicating it could be a potential benefit for road maintenance.

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