LOST

LOST: Point/Counter Point

LOST: Point/Counter Point

No vote is a LOST opportunity If the local option sales tax (LOST) proposed on the Oct. 8 special election ballot fails, we will have LOST a lot. We will have lost $182 million in repaved roads, improved infrastructure, updated equipment for our first responders, stormwater improvements in Holley by the Sea and elsewhere, sidewalks […]

Divvying up the LOST: Improved animal services a top priority

Divvying up the LOST: Improved animal services a top priority

While Santa Rosa County commissioners pursue a one-cent sales tax for an Oct. 8 ballot referendum, determinations still must be made for spending of the county’s existing half-cent sales tax for fiscal year 2020. The local option sales tax (LOST) that took effect in 2017 has paid for millions of dollars in completed projects across […]

LOST committee scrutinizes 2018 projects

LOST committee scrutinizes 2018 projects

In their first meeting Tuesday, the Santa Rosa County Local Option Sales Tax (LOST) Citizen Committee has turned a critical eye on potential projects for the 2018 school year. One project drawing criticism from multiple members of the 10 member committee is the conversion of the Santa Rosa County Jail air conditioning unit to a […]

Some oversight volunteers feel ignored

Some oversight volunteers feel ignored

Although a citizens group is supposed to oversee how the county’s new half-cent local option sales tax is spent, some members of that panel say the real decisions are being made without their input. Read the full article in the May 18 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little as $38 […]

Tale of two flood control delays

Tale of two flood control delays

The familiar military axiom “Hurry up and wait” is now shared by the civilian residents of Holley by the Sea and the City of Gulf Breeze who yearn for flood control relief measures they say are long overdue. Each of the similarly sized communities is run by governments that have separate studies in hand documenting […]

LOST direction found, committee still directionless

LOST direction found, committee still directionless

County Commissioners seem a little less lost on the LOST (local option sales tax) following Monday’s regular meeting after newly hired assistant county administrator Dan Schebler provided a less structured solution. While the past months have seen project list after project list outlining how the money should be spent each year down to the dime, […]

Logistics of the Local Option Sales Tax

Logistics of the Local Option Sales Tax

While county commissioners and staff are still sorting out the half-cent local option sales tax (LOST) issues, there is clarity on when the county will have those dollars in hand. Read the full article in the Feb. 16 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little as $38 per year.

Future of sales tax funds unclear

Future of sales tax funds unclear

Debate over what projects will be funded and who decides on those projects left the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) without a clear path forward for the estimated $39 million to be collected on the half cent local option sales tax, or LOST, Tuesday following the board’s annual Planning Workshop. A proposal by County Administrator […]

New tax starts in January

New tax starts in January

Collection of a half-penny sales tax in Santa Rosa County will begin in January of next year, but appointment of the oversight committee for the LOST has been delayed until weeks before that collection. The Infrastructure Surtax Citizen Committee (ISCC) will look at spending of the estimated $35 million of revenue generated by the half-penny […]

Clock is ticking on selling tax to voters

Clock is ticking on selling tax to voters

Voters might have been left with more questions than answers after a presentation by Moving Santa Rosa Forward’s Ed Carson on the half cent local option sales tax (LOST) for capital improvements to the Economic Development and Government Affairs Committee (EDC) Friday, Aug. 19. Though the majority of attendees generally spoke positively about the Aug. […]

One way or another, courthouse paid by tax payers

One way or another, courthouse paid by tax payers

Funding for county infrastructure needs and a new county courthouse will be decided by voters this August as the two separate half cent local option sales taxes (LOST) have been finalized for the primary ballot by the Board of County Commissioners. If approved by voters, both of these taxes would add half a cent each […]

Timing of sales-tax vote under scrutiny

Timing of sales-tax vote under scrutiny

Some backers of the proposed 1-cent sales tax to pay for a new Santa Rosa County courthouse are debating whether their plan should be put before the voters in prime time. They’re unsure if a required countywide referendum about the local- option sales tax will stand a better chance on the August primary ballot, or […]

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 […]

HBTS Drainage Town Hall meeting

HBTS Drainage Town Hall meeting

Baskerville Donovan brought its drainage study presentation to the Holley by the Sea Recreation Facility for a town hall meeting at the request of HBTS Board President Yvonne Harper. About 50-60 members were present as well as Santa Rosa County Administrator Tony Gomillion, County Engineer Roger Blaylock and County Commissioner Rob Williamson. Read the full […]

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 […]