Water, rates permeate city/county workshop

Published: Thursday, October 4, 2012 at 09:52 AM.

While Port St. Joe and county commissioners found plenty of common ground to work together during a joint workshop Monday night, the issue of water quality and water rates charged by the city was a frequent point of contention.

Commissioners met at the county Emergency Management Center in a long-promised workshop to address issues of mutual concern and to examine potential areas to collaborate and save some dollars.

The city has sought the workshop as a follow-up to one held in late 2011 since February. The county worked to set a date in the past month.

All five city commissioners were present along with some staff; County Commissioners Carmen McLemore and Bill Williams, the latter the most vocal and frequent critic of the city, were not present.

The goal of the session was expressed early by the respective administrators.

“The city and county have some of the same issues,” said county administrator Don Butler, ticking off reduced workforces, less tax revenue among others. “It would behoove us to figure out how the county and city can work together and maybe lower some costs.”

Commissioners easily found several areas on which they could collaborate.



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