Commissioners discuss Sunny Hills mowing contracts

Published: Thursday, April 18, 2013 at 11:47 AM.

CHIPLEY — The Sunny Hills MSBU debate continued Wednesday as the Washington County Board of County Commissioners debated how much should be spent on mowing in the subdivision.

Commissioner Lynn Gothard brought up the proposed changes to the county’s Sunny Hills Municipal Service Benefit Unit at the board’s April workshop.

An MSBU is an ordinance-created tax district and is a “an area on a map,” County Attorney Jeff Goodman has said, and all responsibility for the MSBU area falls back on the board of commissioners.

At the Feb. 28 board meeting, Sal Zuricka presented to the commissioners the MSBU advisory board’s recommendation that all services to Sunny Hills be terminated and all incoming MSBU funds applied to the retirement of the $1.66 million debt.

The primary services the commissioners want to keep going for Sunny Hills are streetlights and mowing the right-of-ways on the main boulevards.

“We have been discussing changing the MSBU ordinance so that we can pay off the debt,” Gothard said.

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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