PSJ, county workshop interlocal

Published: Thursday, June 20, 2013 at 11:31 AM.

The development of WindMark Beach and annexation by the city resulted in the interlocal agreement the two sides signed in 2005.

The city sought an amendment to the fire tax issue almost two years ago, said Mayor Mel Magidson.

He said the county request to move the PSJRA provided an opening to again broach the subject.

He said Bryan’s assertion that the fire tax and PSJRA move were linked was “far-fetched.”

And he noted that the county’s response to the city’s request was to allow the city to collect the fire tax in return for conveying to the county the land on which the Welcome Center sits and the city taking over fire protection in Oak Grove, an unincorporated area.

“Now, those two are not linked to the interlocal agreement,” Magidson said. “I’d like to be treated the way the county wants to be treated.”

Bryan countered that she was not talking about linkage as much as “logic.” She said elected officials must be stewards of every tax dollar and it made no “logical sense” to continue to hold up the PSJRA move.

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