CHIPLEY – The remaining $1 million of a $3 million loan for FEMA projects was approved to be paid when the Washington County Board of County Commissioners met in regular session June 21.

The loan matures next week with the remaining $1 million balance to be paid in-full at that time.

The funds will come from the contingency and road and bridge funds. A reimbursement from FEMA for $800,000 is expected in August and will be used to replace the monies used to pay off the loan.

This is part of the county’s plan to enter the new fiscal year debt free. Chairman Tray Hawkins stated in last months meeting that paying off the debt service will put more money into county coffers and reduce ad valorem.

“With paying off this debt service, we will be able to put $500,000 back into the transportation fund every year without any additional tax dollars,” said Hawkins. “Now we can achieve some goals such as road paving. We can still meet our obligations to the taxpayers with the franchise fee of reducing our ad valorem.”

As part of the Federal Grant Trust Fund, $1,900,000 has been set to be distributed between Florida’s 67 counties and their Supervisor of Elections. Washington County will receive $16,680 from those funds for network monitoring solutions. The board approved the acceptance of the funds.

In other business, Washington County School Board is requesting that the commission place a one half-cent sales surtax on the referendum in the August 28 primaries. The BOCC will have to approve the School Board’s move in order for it to move forward to the ballot.

The funds that would be generated from the tax would be used for technology and construction. The measure has been on the ballot previously but lost in a 52-48 vote.

Commissioners are expected to discuss the issue at their July workshop.

Career Source Chipola Board of Directors will have a new member when they meet again, Tracy Andrews’ nomination was approved by the commission.

Also at the meeting, C.W. Roberts was awarded the paving contract on the Orange Hill paving project with a bid of $127,723. Paving and sod are included in the contract.

The board approved the Clerk of Court to pay vouchers for May totaling $2,465,668.20

Washington County Board of County Commissioners will meet again in workshop at 9 a.m. on July 18.