Santa Rosa County voters

Support my campaign or else

Support my campaign or else

Yes, it’s campaign season – and all the ugly that comes with it. What you may not know is if you contribute money to Rob Williamson’s opponent he will shut you out. And apparently he has a long memory. One voter contributed to his campaign and the opponent’s campaign. Even though the voter gave him […]

Power of the Precinct

Power of the Precinct

If all of Navarre’s registered voters living in Holley by the Sea had shown up at the polls during last year’s special election, that single voting district, known as precinct 34, could have decided the entire election by nearly 100 votes, based on Supervisor of Elections data. This highlights two things. First, voter turnout, especially […]

School district sales tax passes

School district sales tax passes

In a show of support for Santa Rosa School District, voters passed the continuance of the one-half cent sales tax for 10 years beginning Jan. 1, 2019. The funds are designated for construction of new school district facilities, renovations to existing schools, land acquisition and improvements, and the upgrading and equipping of school district facilities […]

LOST committee lost in the weeds

LOST committee lost in the weeds

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 $39.5 million to be collected on the half cent local option sales tax, or LOST, Tuesday following the board’s annual Planning Workshop. Read the full article in […]

Nominees for sales tax oversight committee named

Nominees for sales tax oversight committee named

Collection of a half penny sales tax is underway and county commissioners made their final recommendations Monday for the Infrastructure Surtax Committee, a citizen oversight group. The tax, passed by Santa Rosa voters, is expected to net roughly $35 million over its five year lifetime. These dollars are limited to infrastructure uses including transportation and […]

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 […]

Near-record numbers in election

Near-record numbers in election

Voters of Santa Rosa county turned out to vote in numbers not seen since the 2008 General Election, and before that you have to go all the way back to 1984 when the voter turnout was 70.28 percent of all registered voters.  In this 2016 election the percentage was 68.04.  In a heated presidential race […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]