Okaloosa panel to review how to eliminate rental costs

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The Shalimar annex building

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Published: Friday, November 30, 2012 at 12:22 PM.

SHALIMAR — A new task force is set to begin the process of freeing Okaloosa County government from its dependence on landlords.

“Our goal by 2014 is to be out of the rental business,” County Commission Chairman Don Amunds said.

Amunds is one of nine people who will serve on the Shalimar Annex Renovation Project Task Force, which meets for the first time Friday. All the county’s constitutional officers will be represented, along with the state attorney’s office and court administration.

The panel’s name is slightly deceiving.

While deciding how best to renovate the 58,900-square-foot Shalimar annex — while maintaining 15,000 square feet for some type of judicial function — will be a big part of its job, there are other renovations to be discussed, Amunds said.

“It’s a big picture concept,” he said. “Where all do we have space and where can we renovate?”

By moving all its offices into county-owned buildings, Okaloosa can save $1 million a year, Amunds said. He favors putting the anticipated savings into the renovations.

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