Laurel Hill residents divided on whether the city should dissolve

Published: Monday, November 19, 2012 at 01:33 PM.

However, Paul Mack, who lives on Skyline Drive, said his road is in dire need of repair, would support the measure, under which Laurel Hill would run under Okaloosa County’s control.

"We are not getting our money's worth for taxes we pay (as citizens)," he said, adding that if Laurel Hill were to rejoin the Okaloosa County, he believes many roads would receive repairs.

The topic arose after resident Harold Jones addressed the council about many of the city’s roads in disrepair.

"I think it's time we looked at this realistically," Jones said. "The roads are a problem, have been a problem, and will continue to be a problem."

Jones said he has met with Okaloosa County officials several times for assistance in fixing the roads, without success.

He suggested removing the "city" title from Laurel Hill, making it an unincorporated community.

Jones suggested the issue come before residents in the next election cycle. Council Vice President Robby Adams motioned to begin the process of having a referendum on the matter.

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