gas tax

A failure to plan

A failure to plan

Looking back over history in Navarre, since 2010 our population has grown by more than 69 percent. The rule of thumb around here has been to select a piece of vacant property, buy it, clear it, build on it and sell it. Wait…we forgot to mention the very important step of building up the dirt […]

Road paving underway in Santa Rosa County

Road paving underway in Santa Rosa County

Road resurfacing work is underway in District 4 of Santa Rosa County and the total cost of the 10 roads being worked on is estimated to be $229,200 of the $1.5 million set aside for the five districts. Determining which roads are paved is based off a formula the Board of County Commissioners came up […]

Residents deliver message on sales tax

Residents deliver message on sales tax

The residents of Santa Rosa County delivered the message Monday night to the Board of County Commissioners during the Local Option Sales Tax workshop that they would not support writing a blank check to the commissioners to do with as they please. The board is asking the voters of Santa Rosa County to support a […]

Local-Option Sales Tax on November ballot

Local-Option Sales Tax on November ballot

Santa Rosa County Commissioners will again seek a local-option sales tax (LOST) in November to fund the building of a new courthouse on a site that has yet to be determined. The LOST would come on the heels of a gas tax implemented Jan. 1 that brought the taxes paid on gas from 6 cents […]

Are residents feeling any impact from new gas tax?

Are residents feeling any impact from new gas tax?

As many South Santa Rosa County residents have noticed, gas prices at the pump continue to hover around $2 and just over per gallon. One recent change, which brought some increases in gas prices for Navarre citizens, was the result of the Santa Rosa County amending ordinance no. 2015-19. This amending ordinance, passed in 2015, […]

County will schedule hearing on gas tax

County will schedule hearing on gas tax

The Santa Rosa County Board of County Commissioners agreed at Monday’s budget workshop to approve scheduling a public hearing for a possible gas tax increase. The county is facing a $2.8 million shortage for its upcoming budget and is projecting major road resurfacing projects will cost about $9.8 million over the next five years. The […]

Commissioners block Salter’s move to hike local gas tax

Commissioners block Salter’s move to hike local gas tax

Santa Rosa County Commission Chairman Don Salter on Monday said he was ready to raise local gas taxes to fund road improvements. But none of his fellow commissioners supported such an increase now. District 5 Commissioner Lane Lynchard pushed for county staff to develop a list of specific projects which would be funded by such a tax increase  and […]

Listening to voters is crucial

Listening to voters is crucial

Increasing taxes seems to be the go-to response for many politicians, including Santa Rosa County Commission Chairman Don Salter, who’s been discussing a hike in the local gas tax to fund transportation projects. That would be a copycat move. Last January, a similar increase went into effect in Escambia County. We suggest the Santa Rosa […]