Politics

Florida Senate to raise property taxes

April 8, 2008

The Florida Senate wants to raise the millage rate for the Northwest Florida Water Management District to come in line with the rest of the state from 0.05 to 1.0 mill.

On a house valued at $150,000 that currently pays (.045 mil) $6.75 a year — it will go to $150.00 a year. That’s a 2,200 percent increase!

Read the bill: senate-tax.pdf

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  • anon April 8, 2008 at 2:06 pm

    I agree with FJ, watch closely. Better get Riverkeepers and Coastkeepers involved now. At a meeting a couple or so years ago, I heard Gordon Goodin saying the panhandle is going to become “like Miami”. He likes that idea. All grins.

    Rick, we have a Republican legislature…those are FEES, not taxes! Ha

  • Anonymoose April 8, 2008 at 12:23 pm

    Nobody can disagree that water quality is important. What is the justification for setting a rate for a water management district on par with other districts that have far more devleopment? I could understand a rate increase if we are receiving the same level of service (staff and resources) as districts in South, Central and North Florida, but I can’t believe that’s true. The next thing you know, the State Congress will be asking us to pay more sales tax because they can’t keep up with road maintenance costs for the rest of the State.

  • Father John April 8, 2008 at 10:49 am

    Rick:

    The water management districts throughout the state have been instrumental in policing state waterways for some time. NW Fla has always been expempt from such regulation due to politics since the 1970s. This was mainly due to the fact that much of NW Florida was agriculture and rural. Since then, there has been an increasing amount of growth in the area. A couple of years ago, former Sen. Charles Clary sponsored a bill that would extend protection and oversight from the NWFla Water Management District over NWFla waters. Now there is a need to fund this activity. The water management district in the area will become a major player and another level of regulation for development. This is an interesting topic for discussion in that it will change the way development proceeds. I invite your readers, who may be interested in water quality in the area to review the statutes governing the district and enforcement thereof. Members elected the board should also be scrunitzed. While we have not had much experience with the district, it does provide another level of protection for our local waters.