Why is N.B. included in Navarre incorporation? We were never asked to vote on it?
The proponents of incorporation came up with the proposed boundaries, and presented same to county commissioners.
The people from Holley were very vocal that they did not want to be included - so the proposal excluded them. I guess the NB folks were not as vocal - or were on both sides of issue?
Anyway THIS is the first "vote" (actually "straw poll"/survey).
That is why nobody has been "asked to vote" previously - NB or mainland.
There was a large effort put into a petition gathering signatures of those interested in putting the issue to this straw poll/survey - many who do live on NB.
FYI - the status of this straw poll/survey has not be communicated very well. It is not an actual vote to incorporate or not. Such an actual vote would not happen until 2016, at the earliest.
This is to see if enough interest, at all, to continue to explore the possibility by drafting a proposed city charter and delving deeper into the proposed financing options.
While I am skeptical of incorporation - I am curious enough to "vote" to explore the next step.
However, if do take the next step (a draft charter) those in favor would have to raise about $100K - not sure that is possible (maybe there is a grant that could be sought - dunno?).
I did recently learn at least one reason to consider incorporation. It has to do with the proposed county local-option 1% additional sales tax for the much needed new county courthouse.
While it is projected to raise about $10-12M per year (limited to 5-years) for the courthouse, only 90% goes to that end. By state statute, the county must "share" 10% of local-option sales taxes with incorporated cities in the county - so Gulf Breeze, Milton, and Jay will get to share about $1M per year for whatever purposes they want - and unincorporated areas like Navarre and NB get nothing "extra" from it.
There are other similar reasons to consider incorporation - though I do not think that it will result in increased services unless there is increased taxes to pay for such increased services.
The current "lean government" incorporation proposal envisions that the county still provide law enforcement, road and street maintenance, maintenance of parks, code enforcement, etc. - and the county will have a little less money to do so, as state revenue sharing and franchise fee money now going to the county will be, in part, redirected to the city of Navarre to the tune of about $3.5M+ per year.