Okaloosa County Updates

Destin property tax increaseThe Destin City Council recently established the budget for 2016-17 which includes a 7.6% increase in property taxes.

The new millage rate will be 1.615. Here are some of the areas the extra money will be used:

  • Stormwater and sidewalk repairs
  • A marine unit with a personal watercraft for the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office
  • Increased law enforcement coverage for spring break

Other decisions that resulted from the latest council meeting:

  • A temporary tree-cutting ban
  • With the 30-year contract with Gulf Power coming to an end, the council has decided to take proposals to do a feasibility analysis for purchasing the city's electrical utility. I wonder how many thousands of dollars they'll spend before they find out this is a bad idea.

Walton County Updates

1000 Friends of Florida announced a new settlement regarding development around the coastal dune lakes. Under the new changes, 40% of a lake lot can be developed (formerly 25%). The big change is the phasing out of septic systems. Any new developments will have to connect to central sewer, and when an existing home requires a new system, it must be connected to central sewer as well.

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