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School Board unanimously supports impact fees

School Board unanimously supports impact fees

Citizens advocating for impact fees got a boost April 25 as the Santa Rosa County School Board unanimously voted in support of charging $5,000 on all newly built single-family homes. The vote came after a study into the feasibility of the fees showed that the district could reasonably charge up to $9,474 on each new […]

Board seeks way to revive fee simple bill

Board seeks way to revive fee simple bill

Federal fee simple legislation for Navarre Beach is dead in the water, but the Santa Rosa Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) discussed possible alterations that could jump-start the bill’s chances in the Senate. Three of five commissioners indicated they would be willing to modify the language of Senate Bill 1073 if it meant securing fee […]

Santa Rosa County budget employs mix of revenue

Santa Rosa County budget employs mix of revenue

For 10 years, Santa Rosa County’s ad valorem property tax rate has not budged from 6.0953 mills, but the revenue from property taxes continues to grow year over year, largely because of an explosion in population and construction. Last year alone 1,396 new residential and 673 new commercial properties were developed. That can expand the […]

Sales tax shuffle

Sales tax shuffle

Santa Rosa County Commissioners are once again seeking to raise sales tax in the county while leaving ad valorem property taxes at their current rate. The new sales tax would levy a half-cent on every dollar spent in the county for items and some services, pushing the sales tax rate in Santa Rosa County to […]

Williamson: Commissioner of parks and rec

Williamson: Commissioner of parks and rec

Chairman of the Board of County Commissioners and District 4 commissioner Rob Williamson has proposed a $6 million Navarre Park renovation – or reno as it is popularly called on DIY shows. Only this is no DIY. To be clear, updates and upgrades are needed at the park. A new splash pad is needed, updated […]

Pace flood control elbows past Navarre

Pace flood control elbows past Navarre

County officials revealed this week that they have moved the start of five flood control projects in the Pace/Pea Ridge area ahead of stormwater containment in Navarre. The roughly $10 million in retention ponds, drainage and other infrastructure for which the county is seeking federal funds in the Pace/Pea Ridge area contrast sharply with those […]

New Navarre school inches closer to reality

New Navarre school inches closer to reality

It’s no secret that Navarre’s schools are bursting at the seams, but relief is one step closer. Plans to build a new kindergarten through eighth-grade school near Edgewood Drive have been incorporated into the Santa Rosa School Districts five-year survey at the urging of the Florida Department of Education (FDOE). The school board unanimously approved […]

School Board seeks renewal of 20-year-old levy

School Board seeks renewal of 20-year-old levy

Residents throughout the county have begun receiving sample ballots in the mail for a special election March 28. The sole item on the ballot will be a request to renew the 20-year-old half-cent sales tax for Santa Rosa School District capital outlays. Read the full article in the March 23 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe […]

New courthouse site could be Avalon area

New courthouse site could be Avalon area

The search for prospective sites for a new Santa Rosa County Courthouse is resuming in the wake of an abrupt about-face by Milton officials who no longer insist that it be located downtown. Read the full article in the Feb. 23 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little as $38 per […]

Deputy raises approved

Deputy raises approved

Santa Rosa Sheriff’s deputies could expect raises as early as Aug. 1 thanks to a reallocation of up to $290,000. Santa Rosa County Commissioners voted to allocate the sum for 2017 as well as up to $1.6 million from the 2018 budget toward one time raises for the sheriff’s deputies. The $290,000 is part of […]

Wyrosdick eyes tax support and new schools

Wyrosdick eyes tax support and new schools

With three new schools in Tim Wyrosdick’s five-year plan, he’s rallying support to renew the existing half-cent sales tax that will help pay for them while his staff scouts likely locations. An extension of the Santa Rosa County School District’s two-decade-old local option levy will be the lone item on a March 28 referendum ballot. […]

Santa Rosa’s growth gap increasing

Santa Rosa’s growth gap increasing

Although the central and south areas of Santa Rosa have long outpaced the north in residential development, the disparity is rising amid a wave of homebuilding since the Great Recession. The number of new houses built in Santa Rosa below the Blackwater River area—from Milton to Navarre Beach—reached 1,243 in 2015, the most recent year […]

School Board moves to extend life of half-cent tax

School Board moves to extend life of half-cent tax

A third of the Santa Rosa School District’s capital outlay budget will be on the line March 28, 2017, with a special election to decide if a half-cent capital outlay sales tax will continue in the county. The tax, which brings in an estimated $7.5 million a year, has been in place since 1998. “This […]

Commission focuses on cleaning up Santa Rosa Sound

Commission focuses on cleaning up Santa Rosa Sound

The county’s commitment to cleaning up Santa Rosa Sound where unhealthy levels of bacteria have been discovered will include pursuing the sources of that pollution, commissioners have declared. Their decision came while setting priorities to spend roughly $28 million in BP oil spill compensation monies that the county is expected to receive in the next […]

Sales-tax allies distance themselves from courthouse

Sales-tax allies distance themselves from courthouse

Sensing voter resistance to a new county courthouse in Milton, the business community group that supports an additional Santa Rosa sales-tax plans to promote only the Aug. 30 ballot measure about paying for other infrastructure. That’s because the volunteer Moving Santa Rosa Forward organization, which plans to use mailers and yard signs, fears that tying […]