BONIFAY – Holmes County Board of County Commissioners approved the ordinance extending the county gas tax for another seven years after a public hearing held during the meeting of June 24.
“There’s limits on what we can tax and gas is one that we can,” said County Attorney Jeff Goodman. “Holmes County is not pursuing and has no intention of pursuing the ELMS Nickel. We are estimating to collect anywhere between $55,000 and $60,000 to help with road and bridge and day to day operations.”
According to the Florida League of Cities, counties are allowed to levy a fuel tax of one to five pennies, also called the ELMS Nickel, by a supermajority vote or referendum and then the revenues are distributed between cities and counties through an interlocal agreement or by a default formula. This default formula favors the county and as a result discourages any negotiation of an interlocal agreement between the county and the cities.
The extended agreement presently used by the County since adoption in 2007 taxes a percentage of gas sold in the county allowing for the County to use a portion and the rest distributed among the cities and towns throughout Holmes County.
In other business Board approved:
· Recommended applicant for the position for Administrator for the Holmes County Health Department, Holmes County resident and graduate, Karen Johnson.
· Consent Items: minutes for June 5 workshop, June 10 workshop and regular session; Inter-Local Agreement for Town of Esto; Limited Right of Entry with Haithcoat; Lease Agreement with Pine Log Volunteer Fire Department; and EMPA and EMPG Grant for Emergency Management.
· EMS Director Greg Barton’s request to use grant money to purchase a training mannequin in the amount of $5,175.
· Interlocal Agreement with the Town of Noma and the City of Bonifay.
· Merchant advertising for a new road foreman as his is retiring soon.
The next scheduled meeting for the Holmes County Board of County Commissioners is set for 9 a.m. on July 8.