BONIFAY – The Holmes County Board of County Commissioners is moving ahead with filing the interlocal agreement concerning the Local Option Gas Tax (LOGT) with a majority of needed signatures. Approval to do so was given when they met in regular session July 10.

Attorney Brandon Young said he believes with signatures from the majority of the municipalities, the state should accept the interlocal agreement for funds disbursement according to state statutes.

"From my understanding of the statute, we should be able to file the interlocal agreement with the signatures that we have," said Young. "I will still go talk with Westville Town Council to gain their signature; but I will still move ahead without it if we have to."

The County has until October 1 to file the agreement before the state holds the funds until an agreement can be reached.

Also at the meeting, commissioners approved the purchase of three John Deere bush hogs and two Tiger Motrims totaling $159,105.36. The cost will be covered by old FEMA funds from a 2009 disaster that has been closed out.

Young was tasked with drawing up a five-year contract with the garbage pick up franchisees that currently operate in the county. The draft is expected to be brought back at the next meeting.

The board also appointed Sandy Spear as the newest member of the Career Source Chipola Board. The Tri-County Airport Authority requested the commission to bring forth a list of names to be selected from to fill empty seats on that board. Names are expected in the near future for placement.

In other items, Florida Blue increased the county’s premiums by 1.5 percent in the next fiscal year. County Coordinator Joey Marsh says the county will not know who the increase will affect, the county or employees until the budget is set.

Holmes County Board of County Commissioners will meet again in regular session at 6 p.m. on July 24.