taxpayers

Property appraiser’s drones broaden county horizon

Property appraiser’s drones broaden county horizon

The Santa Rosa County Property Appraiser’s Office is leading the way in taking to the skies, thanks to drone technology. The county is the first in the state to utilize this technology, and Property Appraiser Greg Brown said it is saving taxpayers thousands of dollars a year. “If we can help and it is saving […]

Hard bargaining looms in Garcon bridge deal

Hard bargaining looms in Garcon bridge deal

  Local legislators want to acquire the Garcon Point Bridge, but first they have to sell the deal to fellow lawmakers and then to current private owners of the bonds that funded the bridge’s construction in 1999. The devil will be in the dollars. “Even if it just costs $100, you know some people are […]

What does tax reform mean for you?

What does tax reform mean for you?

The year 2017 wrapped up making history as President Donald Trump signed off on the first large-scale tax reform to be enacted since Ronald Reagan was president. For many watching the back-and-forth over the last few months, the main question was: “How will this affect me?” The answer depends on who you are, how much […]

Florida prisoners hold little hope for parole

Florida prisoners hold little hope for parole

Parole in Florida is nearly extinct. Of the approximately 100,000 inmates incarcerated in Florida, only 4,545 are eligible for parole. And even fewer are approved. That is because the state has almost abolished parole across the board. Parole is the release of a prisoner before the completion of a sentence with conditions that a person […]

No art in this deal

No art in this deal

To paraphrase John Goodman as Walter Sobchak in the Coen Brothers’ 1998 crime comedy “The Big Lebowski”: “Just because we’re taxpayers doesn’t mean we’re saps.” Walter got irate when he thought a funeral director demanded too much money for a crematory urn. Instead of overpaying, the bereaved Sobchak buys a coffee can at a nearby […]

We must continue fight to protect public’s right to maintain a vigilant eye on their elected officials

We must continue fight to protect public’s right to maintain a vigilant eye on their elected officials

By Florida TaxWatch Chairman-Elect Pat Neal and President and CEO Dominic M. Calabro The cornerstone of our constitutional democratic republic is protecting citizens’ right to full and public notice when their elected officials are discussing or making decisions that could affect taxpayers’ daily lives. As a nonpartisan government watchdog and taxpayer-research institute that focuses on […]

Potential county park fees in limbo

Potential county park fees in limbo

Decisions by the Santa Rosa County Board of County Commissioners on the fees charged for use of county parks and recreational facilities have been postponed to the second set of meetings in January due to concerns of how these fees would affect Navarre community events. Proposed fees for Navarre Park and Navarre Beach would cost […]

Williamson’s Facebook rant prompts response

Williamson’s Facebook rant prompts response

From Commissioner Williamson on his Facebook page: Good article in press gazette. The Navarre Press had 10 articles attacking Tough Mudder this year. The Navarre Press had 0 articles attacking Tough Mudder last year. That’s does not seem subjective, it’s personal. The sad part is, losing this event did not need to happen. In the […]

Inmates get second chance with SCORE, Work Release

Inmates get second chance with SCORE, Work Release

For inmates in Santa Rosa’s correctional system, there is new hope for life after serving time thanks to the Work Release and Second Chance Outreach, Re-entry and Education Development (SCORE) programs. Housed in the same building at 8390 Transition Road in Milton, these programs provide inmates support and opportunities to improve their lives. The facility […]

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 […]

Studies show red-light cameras increase accidents

Studies show red-light cameras increase accidents

The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles’ recently released report indicates red-light cameras at intersections increase accidents cumulatively by nearly 15 percent. This finding is in direct opposition to the reasons provided for placing red-light cameras into service. Read the full article in the Feb. 18 issue of Navarre Press. Click HERE to […]

Protect public’s right to keep vigilant watch over elected officials

Protect public’s right to keep vigilant watch over elected officials

The cornerstone of our constitutional democratic republic is protecting citizens’ right to full and public notice when their elected officials are discussing or making decisions that could affect everyone’s daily lives. As a non-partisan research taxpayer research institute that focuses on promoting government accountability and transparency, Florida TaxWatch supports the use of public notices in […]

Tough Mudder eases lodging demands

Tough Mudder eases lodging demands

Tough Mudder Inc. blinked. Under questioning from a prospective lodging “partner” about the company’s recent financial demands in return for promoting Santa Rosa County overnight stays at its event scheduled here next April, a company executive now says its fees are negotiable. A month after sending out controversial contracts to area hotels and condominium managers […]