County revenue-sharing cuts appear permanent

Gulf Breeze is feeling the pinch of cuts in voluntary revenue sharing by Santa Rosa County, which city leaders have recently cited as a rationale for raising water and sewer utility fees in the coming year.

The controversial first-ever surcharge imposed on non-city customers of South Santa Rosa Utility System, which Gulf Breeze owns, has its roots in the evaporation of a county subsidy that peaked at $226,500 in 2008, on the eve of The Great Recession.

But that money was never guaranteed to continue, says Ken Small, technical services manager at the Florida League of Cities, which monitors the finances of local governments in the state.

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