SHALIMAR — The Okaloosa County Commission recently approved the appointment of five local residents to an advisory committee that potentially would give recommendations on the county’s proposed half-cent sales tax-funded projects.
On Nov. 6, voters will decide whether to approve the county’s 10-year, local option half-cent sales tax referendum.
If approved by a simple majority of voters, the tax would take effect Jan. 1. It is expected to generate an estimated $17 million annually.
Much of the potential sales tax revenue would help pay for infrastructure projects such as road and stormwater work in the unincorporated area and local municipalities.
If the referendum passes, members of the Infrastructure Surtax Advisory Committee would provide recommendations “to assure the public that those projects selected for funding are adequately reviewed and will provide the greatest benefit to the citizens,” according to county information.
Each committee member’s term would run concurrently with the term of the commissioner who appointed him or her. The committee would be required to meet at least twice a year.
Here is information on the committee appointees:
Commission Chairman Graham Fountain chose Henry Berry, a former fire chief of the Destin Fire Control District and a former county Sheriff’s Office employee Commission Vice Chairman Kelly Windes chose Jim Foreman, a former Destin City Council member Commissioner Carolyn Ketchel chose retired Brig. Gen. Robert Buhrow Commissioner Nathan Boyles selected Katie Sharon, who is a portfolio manager with BBVA Compass Bank in the Destin/Fort Walton Beach market Commissioner Trey Goodwin selected Matt Turpin, branch project manager for Bank of England Mortgage in Fort Walton Beach. “We have really good representation here” on the committee, Fountain said at last week’s commission meeting.
County Administrator John Hofstad said staff will provide information on the county’s potential half-cent sales tax-funded projects at the Oct. 2 commission meeting.
Ted Corcoran, president/CEO of the Greater Fort Walton Beach Chamber of Commerce, recently said that the county’s municipalities have not yet completed their lists of potential projects.