BOCC approves taxing resolutions

Published: Tuesday, December 24, 2013 at 09:57 AM.

Tools for the tool box.

As they passed four resolutions to position themselves to move ahead on levying taxes to address four areas, county commissioners last week said they were just adding a tool to the tool box for the next budget season, leaving the door open for alternative sources of revenue.

There would still be studies required to justify establishing a Municipal Services Benefit Unit (MSBU). Those studies Commissioner Warren Yeager said could run in the tens of thousands of dollars.

There are still requirements for public hearings – county attorney Jeremy Novak suggested the Board of County Commissioners conduct at least two public hearings before adopting any MSBU by ordinance.

But as they had discussed much of the past year, commissioners are in search of alternative revenue streams and by adopting four resolutions on solid waste, stormwater, road improvements and beach nourishment the BOCC is in position to at least consider specific taxes to address those issues in the coming budget year.

“This allows you to consider this this year,” said county administrator Don Butler. “It doesn’t mean you are going to do anything, but it opens the door.”

Yeager said before considering the first resolution that he would not be in favor of any additional taxes unless the BOCC lessened by a corresponding number the burden on property tax payers.

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