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Courthouse plans may include south-side satellite

Courthouse plans may include south-side satellite

The possibility of building a Santa Rosa Courthouse annex in the Navarre-Midway area with at least one courtroom is gaining traction. While occasionally suggested in the past by various commissioners, making the south-side judicial facility a reality has always taken a back seat to the county’s tortured effort to fund and construct a new main […]

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 […]

Courthouse design will need update – and cash

Courthouse design will need update – and cash

Going back to the drawing board can be expensive. Now Santa Rosa officials are wondering if engineering plans for the proposed county courthouse on the newly purchased Avalon Boulevard site will cost anything like the roughly $475,000 already spent on such research for previously proposed locations that’s now at least partly obsolete. Read the full […]

Courthouse site search advances fitfully

Courthouse site search advances fitfully

Yes. No. Maybe. Let’s look at somewhere else. That’s how Santa Rosa County commissioners reacted July 10 when they discussed five offers of land on which to build a new county courthouse. Not only was there no consensus on the five offers on choosing a parcel of land for sale or lease—and one for free—from […]

Courthouse costs mount as site debate drags on

Courthouse costs mount as site debate drags on

For nearly 20 years Santa Rosa County has been arguing the point of creating a new courthouse, and that delay has been costing the county millions. While the back-and-forth on this issue has continued as voters rejected multiple sales-tax increases and locations, the bill to keep the existing building running is growing. In just the […]

Courthouse quest still confounds commission

Courthouse quest still confounds commission

When ideas began to emerge for a new Santa Rosa County courthouse 17 years ago, District 1 Commissioner Sam Parker was a student at Milton High School. While the 32-year-old freshman commissioner expressed optimism about prospects for a new courthouse at Monday’s board meeting, he saw firsthand examples of the disagreements and disparate approaches that […]

No property tax increase seen for courthouse

No property tax increase seen for courthouse

Santa Rosa residents won’t have to pay higher ad valorem taxes because they rejected the referendum to fund a new county courthouse in downtown Milton with a temporary sales tax increase. Although some commissioners had indicated before the election that higher property taxes seemed the only alternative to building the $35 million courthouse, three of […]

Milton and county seek courthouse tax alternatives

Milton and county seek courthouse tax alternatives

Searching for support on the proposed local-option sales tax to build a new downtown Milton courthouse, city leaders ponied up $5,000 for a mass mailing to voters as time ran short before this week’s election. But even before the ballots were counted, Milton’s city council and some paid officials started strategizing to cope with the […]

Santa Rosa splits on sales tax

Santa Rosa splits on sales tax

Enthusiasm for the two proposed half-penny sales-tax measures is much higher on the north end of Santa Rosa County than in Navarre or Gulf Breeze. As the Aug. 30 election nears, yard signs are easily noticeable in the Milton area, where the planned new county courthouse would be built with revenue from one of the […]

Tourist Development committee needs their voice back

Tourist Development committee needs their voice back

Numerous articles in Navarre Press over the past year and few months have highlighted the pains endured and discord with the Board of County Commissioners that continues to plague the all-volunteer advisory Tourist Development Council.  The Legislature-mandated council is made up of tourism stake-holders as required by Florida Statute 125.0104.  While the statute allows for […]

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 […]

Berryhill Admin Complex on borrowed time

Berryhill Admin Complex on borrowed time

Relocating Santa Rosa County’s Exceptional Student Education (ESE) administrative offices will cost roughly $3.8 million according to documentation presented to the Santa Rosa County School Board Thursday, July 7. The board voted unanimously to approve the results of the survey which outlined the state of the selected property and the renovations needed to replace building […]

Fate of old courthouse building undetermined

Fate of old courthouse building undetermined

While argument over the location and funding of a new county courthouse is in full swing, the fate of the old courthouse remains unclear. Built in 1927, the building at 6865 Caroline Street in Milton, Fla. has served as Santa Rosa County’s court building for more than 80 years, costing $137,000 to build. There is […]

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 […]

Sales tax backers labor to woo voters

Sales tax backers labor to woo voters

Tinkering with the nuts and bolts of their sales tax appeal to voters scheduled for the Aug. 30 ballot, county commissioners are trying to make it fly as they keep getting flak from the idea’s critics. Only 10 days before the deadline to submit the proposal to the county elections office, commissioners finally decided on […]

Downscaled courthouse-tax vote set for Aug. 30

Downscaled courthouse-tax vote set for Aug. 30

As Santa Rosa County commissioners have discussed the proposed new courthouse in recent weeks, and a new one-half cent sales tax to pay for it, both have shrunk. Now the stage is set for voters to decide if the building and its funding -both downscaled last week by about one-third in their latest incarnations – […]

Courthouse size and funding to be cut

Courthouse size and funding to be cut

Santa Rosa commissioners took a long look at the latest engineering cost analysis of a new county courthouse and agreed that the projected size and estimated $50 million tab must both be scaled back. The panel also acknowledged that the proposed local sales tax increase of one cent on retail purchases be cut in half […]

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 […]

Courthouse cost and tax details remain unclear

Courthouse cost and tax details remain unclear

The clock is ticking on Santa Rosa County commissioners to make their case to voters for a 1-cent local option sales tax that would help pay for a new courthouse in Milton. To get the proposed tax on the ballot next August that language must be crafted by June 1, but so far the commissioners […]

City pays up to keep courthouse downtown

City pays up to keep courthouse downtown

Three of the five properties located where the City of Milton hopes the proposed new Santa Rosa County Courthouse will be built downtown are garnering far more than their appraised value. “We have been negotiating,” said City Manager Brian Watkins, who has been empowered by the city council to buy up land for a new […]

Property appraiser alerts BOCC to courthouse site bargain

Property appraiser alerts BOCC to courthouse site bargain

Nearly a month before Santa Rosa County Commissioners voted last Thursday to locate the planned new courthouse in downtown Milton, Property Appraiser Greg Brown tried to make them aware of a site he sees as a better value for taxpayers. Read the full article in the Mar. 3 issue of Navarre Press. Click HERE to […]

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 […]

Still no site picked for new courthouse

Still no site picked for new courthouse

Downtown Milton has emerged as the most likely site for the proposed new Santa Rosa County courthouse if the challenges of environmental permitting and stormwater control at the low-lying locale can be met. Although the county commissioners aren’t scheduled to vote on the location until early next year, three of the panel’s five members now […]

Lynchard gets gavel as chairman

Lynchard gets gavel as chairman

Santa Rosa County officials have discussed building a new courthouse for more than two decades. Last week, they agreed waiting another month to decide the fate of a proposed site wouldn’t hurt. Commissioners are divided on a recent proposal to build the judicial center, estimated to cost between $30 – $40 million, in a low-lying […]