Holley by the Sea may lose LOST funds

Millions in improvements to drainage in Holley by the Sea (HBTS) could lose a funding opportunity following the second meeting of the Board of County Commissioners to discuss the future of the new local option sales tax funds.

Commission Chairman and District 4 representative Rob Williamson recommended that the commission look at cutting the Tom King Bayou East Branch Channel Restoration, a $6.8 million project to improve drainage in HBTS, from the projects list to free up funds.

In January 2016 a comprehensive study of drainage issues in the county’s largest subdivision found dozens of projects needed to stop persistent flooding in the area and prioritized the Tom King Bayou project.

This is the most costly of the projects listed on the current proposed projects list.

“I would venture to say that if I were to talk to some folks in other parts of the county who weren’t immediately impacted they would probably feel that there would be a better allocation of those dollars,” Williamson said.

Williamson said not only does tying up that amount of money skew the balance from other districts, it prevents funding of other projects that District 4 residents were hoping to achieve when voting for the tax.

For more information pick up the April 20 issue of the Navarre Press or subscribe.

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