CHIPLEY – The Washington County Board of Commissioners approved the millage rate of 8.9735, which is 2.03 percent lower than the rolled back rate of 9.1592. Also approved was a $29.2 million budget when the board met in regular session September 20.

The total budget, excluding the Sunny Hills and Oakwood Hills Municipal Service Benefit Unit (MSBU), is $29,242,990. The MSBU budget is set at $877,500.

Projected general fund expenditures and revenues balance is at $14,449,347, with the largest revenue coming from $7.5million in ad valorem taxes. The largest expenditure is for law enforcement, which is $5.1 million, and includes the sheriff's office budget of $2,575,819, and the remainder for the jail and ambulance service.

Resolutions to enter into funding agreements for Small Community Outreach Program (SCOP) and Small County Road Assistance Program (SCRAP) were both approved. The SCOP project for the design portion of the paving project on Buckhorn Boulevard totals $313,633. The SCRAP project for the design portion of the resurfacing project of Old Bonifay Road totals $114,000. Construction for each project is set for 2021.

In other business, County Engineer Cliff Knauer was advised by the board to put together packets to submit for legislative appropriations for the following roads: Greenhead Road, Twin Pond Road and River Road.

Knauer advised commissioners that the Bonnet Pond Road and Cope Road resurfacing projects will be going out to bid in the next 30 days for construction.

In other items, the Municipal Service Benefit Unit (MSBU) meeting will move to the library in Sunny Hills in January.

Clerk of Court was approved to pay vouchers for August totaling $2,095,299.69.

Washington County Board of County Commissioners will meet again in regular session at 9 a.m. on October 25.