County to discuss adoption of proposed $166M budget Tuesday evening

Posted on September 21, 2020 by Staff reports

Santa Rosa County staff will present the $166 million proposed fiscal year 21 budget  to the Board of County Commissioners during a 6 p.m. workshop on Tuesday at the County Administrative Complex, located at 6495 Caroline Street in Milton.

No increase in property taxes are included in the proposed budget, which is down from $178 million last fiscal year due in part to the county spending or allocating $14 million from county reserves for projects including the courthouse construction and re-decking of Navarre Beach Fishing Pier. The proposed budget also includes $1.5 million less for road & bridges.

Other factors influencing the upcoming year’s budget include a projected $4.6 million increase in property tax revenues generated by an increase in the county’s overall property values from $10.4 to 11.2 billion, including increased value from new construction. If commissioners do not “roll back” the 6.0953 millage rate to offset that projected increase in revenue then by state statute the board will be required to advertise a related ad valorem tax increase.

Since 2014 the county revenues have grown from $109.8 million

The workshop will also be recorded for live streaming or playback at the following link, where the agenda and supporting documents is also available:


Citizens who cannot attend in person may submit comments in advance by completing the input form at the following link before 12 noon on Tuesday.


The final public hearing on the budget is scheduled for 6 p.m., Tuesday, September 29 at the County Administrative Complex, located at 6495 Caroline Street in Milton.