The City of Gulf Breeze’s leaders have hit upon a partial solution to their municipality’s budget squeeze: charge more for water and sewer service to South Santa Rosa Utility customers who live outside the city’s boundaries.
Under a plan suggested by the Gulf Breeze City Council on Saturday, SSRU ratepayers who live in unincorporated Santa Rosa County, mostly in the Tiger Point area, would pay 6.3 percent more per month for the utility’s services.
Gulf Breeze Mayor Matt Dannheisser acknowledged that the higher fees for non-city residents may bring criticism: “It’s a legitimate concern for me to worry about perception.”
The initial reaction isn’t neighborly.
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