Commissioners discuss starting MSBU website

Published: Friday, September 27, 2013 at 09:48 AM.

CHIPLEY — The Washington County Board of County Commissioners considered whether or not to give the Sunny Hills MSBU its own website during Thursday’s meeting in Chipley.

The board had discussed the possibility of creating a website which would keep Sunny Hills residents apprised of the financial standing of the MSBU’s funds, Board Chairman Alan Bush said. The proposed website would cost about $90 a year to host — although the county no longer has an IT person to keep up the website.

“At first I thought it was a good idea,” Commissioner Joel Pate said. “But I don’t think we can really be paying anyone to be making a website.”

The board voted earlier this summer, after several months’ discussion, to do away with the MSBU as soon as possible, and to put all available funds toward paying off Sunny Hills’ loan debt.

The Municipal Service Benefit Unit, or MSBU, is an ordinance-created tax district. Within that area, funds are raised to provide services to the residents in that designated region. However, the MSBU is not an entity unto itself.

The MSBU is a mechanism by which a county can fund a particular service or facility that provides a special benefit to property from a levy of special assessments.

Currently, the county collects $31.25 a year from residents and property owners within the MSBU, and that money is used to provide services to those living in Sunny Hills, as well as pay down the $1.66 million in debt — a loan that is not scheduled to be paid off until 2028.

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