Tax Increase

BREAKING: Sales tax increase has Commission support

BREAKING: Sales tax increase has Commission support

Voters may go to the polls on a request for another half cent sales tax as early as August as County Commissioners unanimously supported the idea Thursday during a Budget Workshop. Commission Chairman Sam Parker brought forward the suggestion of a special ballot initiative for the new tax. “I have really searched about how we […]

Commissioners approve fire MSBU increases

Commissioners approve fire MSBU increases

Santa Rosa Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) unanimously approved increases for several Municipal Service Benefit Units (MSBUs) for fire districts throughout the county, including Navarre Beach Fire Protection. The reevaluation of fire MSBU rates in the county began after Navarre Beach Fire approached the BOCC in February requesting to raise residential and commercial rates for […]

Rising property values boost school budget

Rising property values boost school budget

The tax rate that Santa Rosa property owners pay to fund the county’s public schools won’t rise next year, although their total tab will. That’s because property values keep going up in a rebounding economy and a housing market that has largely recovered from the “bubble” that burst during the Great Recession of a decade […]

County considering new tax for sheriff’s office

County considering new tax for sheriff’s office

While trying to reconcile the Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Office’s budget request to revenue realities, the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) discussed the possibility Thursday of implementing a Municipal Service Taxing Unit (MSTU) for law enforcement services during the first of their annual budget workshops. Sheriff Bob Johnson told commissioners that he needs nearly every penny […]

Rough seas ahead for SHIPs due to strained infrastructure

Rough seas ahead for SHIPs due to strained infrastructure

While the Navarre community was deliberating  support for a hike in fire taxes for a Holley-Navarre Fire District strapped for personnel, Holley-Navarre Water System scrambles to keep pace with growing water and sewer needs, U.S. Highway 98’s excess of 5,000 cars and Navarre High School is bursting at the seams, an outside agency has determined […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Gulf Breeze to raise utilities tax

Gulf Breeze to raise utilities tax

The tax rate paid by City of Gulf Breeze residents on municipal utility services for water, gas and electricity will rise by 2.5 percent to a new level of 7.5 percent under a proposal supported by the city council on Wednesday night. The new rate is coming at a time when the city’s budget is […]