CHIPLEY – Washington County Board of County Commissioners set the tentative millage rate for fiscal year 2017-2018 at the rolled back rate of 9.2235 during their regular session meeting July 27.

The proposed millage rate will generate $7,719,235 in ad valorem revenue. The board will hold the first public hearing on the proposed budget at 5:05 p.m. on September 7.

Attorney Jeff Goodman requested approval to apply for a $1.9 million grant from Department of Economic Opportunity and Enterprise Florida seeking part of the $85 million in Florida Job Growth monies. The funds, should they be awarded are slated to go towards infrastructure in the 79 Corridor project.

A public hearing was held for a small and large scale Future Land Use Map (FLUM) amendments. The small scale amendment changed the parcel of land at 3784 Highway 77, from agricultural/silvicultural to general commercial with board approval.

The large scale amendment changed an area of land at the intersection of Highway 79 and Highway 279 from agriculture/silviculture, conservation, low density residential, general commercial to high/medium residential, low-medium density residential and general commercial also with board approval.

Engineer Cliff Knauer advised the board that with the completion of rock work on Roland Road next week, that all FEMA project worksheets for the county are tentatively complete for each disaster.

Knauer also brought bids for the paving project on Kirkland Road before the commission. The lowest bid was tentatively awarded to C.W. Roberts Contractors for $214,888.25. The project on Strickland Road to help stop erosion has been submitted to Army Corps of Engineers and Northwest Florida Water Management District for permitting in order for work to begin on the project.

In other business, approval was given for Emergency Management to reapply for the annual Emergency Management Preparedness and Assistance (EMPA) and Emergency Management Performance Grant (EMPG) grants. The $105,806 and $43,593 grants are federally funded grants used for operations of Emergency Management.

Washington County Library System Director Renae Rountree was given approval to apply for a library construction grant to add 2,600 feet onto the existing library building.

County Administrator Jeff Massey was tasked with looking into a bulk pickup service for the Municipal Benefit Service Unit (MSBU) in the Sunny Hills Area.

The $105,000 in health insurance refund monies was approved to be earmarked for application towards any annual insurance increases.

The Clerk of Court was approved to pay bills for the month of June in the amount of $3,885,587.89

Washington County Board of County Commissioners will meet again in workshop at 9 a.m. on August 16.