CHIPLEY - It's possible City of Chipley could be very close to acquiring a property to dispose of its reclaimed water.

At Thursday's workshop, City Administrator Dan Miner informed the Chipley City Council the city is "at a point where we can't negotiate any further."

The deadline to secure a spray field property was mid-July.

He told the council more testing will be done over the next 60 days and then Department of Environment Protection will also conduct a review.

Miner said the terms of the offer would not be available until tests come back and the offer finalized. On Thursday, he stated within 120 days, he'd have a plan available for public viewing.

In other business, the council scheduled a special meeting for Aug. 30 to update the comprehensive land use plan with capital improvement changes, and to ultimately nail down which projects the city will pursue for the Florida Recreation Development Assistance Program grant. The application deadline is Oct. 15.

Also at the workshop, Washington County School District Superintendent Joseph Taylor spoke to the council about the proposed half-cent sale tax that will appear on the Aug. 28 ballot.

He said he approached the council to tell them "don't be afraid of this, this isn't a huge expenditure piece."

Taylor touted the positive and swift performance review it got from the Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability released June 25.

If voters approve the surtax, the money would be used to fund capital projects and sooth educational technology needs over the course of 10 years, beginning in January. The funds would not be used for athletics or stadiums, Taylor noted.

"Nobody likes taxes," he told the council, adding "a half-cent may not sound like a lot, but it's a million dollars to us."

Chipley City Council will meet in regular session 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 14 at City Hall.