Navarre incorporation study should be complete soon
By DUSTY RICKETTS / Daily News
Published: Friday, October 18, 2013 at 17:28 PM.
NAVARRE — After more than a year of development, the study looking into the cost and feasibility of incorporating Navarre is expected to be completed in early November.
Citizens to Incorporate Navarre, the political action committee formed last year to investigate and restart the long process to make Navarre a city, has been updating the 2006 feasibility study. Laurie Gallup, owner of Navarre Properties and member of the committee, said the group was finalizing a five-year budget for the proposed city.
“Once we have the budget done we’ll know how much it will cost to fund the city, and then we’ll be able to go out to the people with more information,” Gallup said.
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She said Citizens to Incorporate Navarre is looking for ways to keep the property tax rate and other costs as low as possible.
The new city likely would contract with the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office for law enforcement.
Navarre residents already pay into a Municipal services benefit unit for their fire departments, have a co-op for water services and contract with Waste Management for garbage disposal. Those costs would not change.
Among services the committee is looking to add are a parks and recreation department and a planning and zoning department.
“We really need to have a better plan here in Navarre,” Gallup said. “The growth has just overcome us and we really need to start to do some serious planning, some wise planning so we don’t destroy what we’ve got.”
In order for Navarre to incorporate, a special act must first be approved by both houses of the Florida Legislature and then signed by the governor. After that, voters would decide the issue in a referendum.
Gallup said the plan is to have the act filed in the Florida House by September of next year so the Legislature could vote on it in January 2015. If approved, a referendum would be held for residents in the proposed city limits later that year.
The city then would be formed in 2016.
The proposed boundaries for the city of Navarre are the Okaloosa County line to Edgewood Drive, which includes Holley by the Sea. The city limits include Navarre Beach but not Holley, where residents have opposed incorporating.
CHECK IT OUT: Citizens to Incorporate Navarre has scheduled a Casino Night fundraiser for 7 p.m. Nov. 2 at the Navarre Conference Center. It will feature poker, blackjack, roulette, Texas hold-em and other games. Admission is $50 and includes food from local restaurants.
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