LAUREL HILL — The City Council is questioning Okaloosa County commissioners’ proposed gas tax increase.


LAUREL HILL — The City Council is questioning Okaloosa County commissioners’ proposed gas tax increase.  



The board of commissioners recently sent letters to each of the county’s nine municipalities asking council members for input on whether to increase the tax to pave and repair roads.



Councilman Larry Hendren on Thursday called the increase into question, stating the proposal was vague with no specific information.



"There are many unknowns right now," he said. "I personally don't support any tax increase at all, especially if it’s a shot in the dark."



Hendren proposed writing a letter to the commissioners asking for the specific increase amount and the increase’s purpose.



 Councilman Clifton Hall agreed, and motioned to write a letter requesting explanation of the proposed increase.



The council unanimously voted in favor of creating the letter and sending it to commissioners at an undisclosed time.



Commissioner Nathan Boyles had proposed raising the gas tax 3 cents and suggested allocating the revenue to 10 projects across Okaloosa County.



The council had unanimously voted in favor of extending for a year a funding distribution agreement of the county fuel tax. 



The county will continue receiving 60 percent of fuel tax income; municipalities will receive the remainder.



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