BOCC positions for alternative revenue

Published: Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 09:42 AM.

The local bonding mechanism for the beach nourishment project during the prior decade was through a series of MSTUs, with owners of gulf front property assessed a higher rate based on value than owners of inland property.

The resolution would provide commissioners – who already have a voter referendum on mandatory garbage assessment scheduled for November 2014 – the ability to act in 2014 – or not.

“I think it fits in our looking for added sources of revenue,” said Commissioner Warren Yeager, who added that he would only favor the additional revenue if balanced by a reduction of county property taxes.

Yeager has long stated a desire to place less of a burden on ad valorem taxpayers and more on the users of services.

Commissioner Ward McDaniel related a story about winemakers and wine drinkers and how those who drink the wine don’t stomp the grapes.

“It is time some of those tasting the wine to stomp some of the grapes,” McDaniel said. “We should at least draft it and have it on hand.”

County attorney Jeremy Novak and Butler noted that the resolution would only map the process and intent. It would be up to commissioners to formally pursue any option with due diligence and public input required.

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