Welcome to the new home of Concerned Citizens for Better Government - a Political Action Committee dedicated to the betterment of our government in Santa Rosa County, Florida. Please check back frequently, as we will be continually updating our site with new information in order to better serve you. Please use the links on the left to navigate our site, and review our primary issues below. We encourage you to donate to help support our organization, and your county.
OUR PRIMARY ISSUES
No New Taxes: We are fed up with taxes in our county! We currently pay property tax, sales tax, gas tax, fire tax, bed tax, tax on electric bills, tax on home phone and cell phone bills, and tax on TV cable bills, to name a few. Within the past year we have had our fire tax increased by almost 300%, and within the past few years we have experienced our county commissioners pushing an increase in the sales tax by sending every county resident a color pamphlet extolling the virtues of a higher sales tax. We need county commissioners who seek other forms of revenue besides taxes, and who will work hard to live within a reasonable budget.
Full Range of Impact Fees: Impact fees are used by local governments to pay for a portion of the infrastructure costs required by growth related developments. Currently 41 out of the 67 counties in Florida use impact fees to help pay for the infrastructure required by growth. Many of the 41 counties with impact fees have a full range of impact fees which include fees for schools, roads, fire protection, police protection, EMS, parks, libraries, government buildings, and correctional facilities. For example, the average school impact fee for Florida counties with impact fees is $3,684 for a 2,000 sq. ft. house, whereas, although every school campus in our county has temporary classrooms, Santa Rosa County does not have a school impact fee! A further indication of how far behind other Florida counties Santa Rosa has become is the fact that the average total impact fee for Florida counties for a 2,000 sq. ft. house is $7,192, whereas, Santa Rosa County has one impact fee for roads for a total county impact fee of $1,265. Our county commissioners should make it a top priority to implement a full range of impact fees to increase revenue to help pay for the infrastructure required by growth. However, our commissioners have instead voted to approve a moratorium on impact fees for 2009 which will cost the county about $1.9 million!
Controlled Growth: Growth in our county has outstripped the necessary infrastructure, in the areas of roads and schools, necessary to support our current level of residents. In addition, the infrastructure is also inadequate in the areas of fire and police protection, government buildings, correctional facilities, parks, and libraries. Unfortunately, growth in our county is primarily controlled by developers, with the aid and assistance of our county commissioners and their staffs. In the past, time after time our county commissioners have voted to rezone agricultural land (normally 1 home per acre) to residential zoning (4 or more homes per acre) without making provisions for the necessary infrastructure. For example, currently there are 8,900 approved lots just in the Pace Water System area of our county waiting for the real estate market to turn around for building to begin. Our roads and schools are overcrowded now, where will we be with 8,900 new homes in Pace, and thousands more spread around the county? In the Pace area the 8,900 approved lots equates to 3,700 school age children who will need schools and other facilities for their education. Several years ago The Benny Russell School on Avalon Blvd. was built for $20 million and can house 900 students. Using the Benny Russell School as a guide, at least four additional schools must be built for the new students caused by uncontrolled growth at a staggering cost of $80 million! Since the School Board has refused to implement a school impact fee, the $80 million will most likely be borrowed and our school taxes raised to pay for the interest on the loans. To stop uncontrolled growth we must vote for commissioners who will respect the land use comprehensive plan and approve zoning changes only in exceptional cases, instead of approving almost every zoning change request made by the developers as they have done in the past.
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OTHER IMPORTANT ISSUES
Economic Development - Santa Rosa County should strive to attract and retain small and medium sized businesses that pay good wages and provide employee benefits. We should be a complete community with opportunities for citizens to live, work, shop, and spend leisure time in our county.
- Building subdivisions is not real economic development. Residential development does not pay for the infrastructure required by the development, and in many cases, it does not generate sufficient tax revenue to pay for the services it requires. The county should balance commercial growth with residential growth, and target growth more strategically around towns and economic centers consistent with the land use plan.
- We need a sound economic development plan and the competence to implement it.
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- We need real public input! Public boards should ensure meaningful public input from the beginning and throughout any decision making process.
- Conflicts of interest must be avoided. Candidates should fully disclose all campaign contributions as well as all financial relationships that could influence their decision making. Elected and appointed officials should fully disclose all of their business and financial holdings and relationships that could present a conflict of interest, and must agree to abstain from votes that affect their financial interests.
- Elected board members should publicly explain their votes on major decisions. The Commissioners should not make decisions when an item has not been placed on the written agenda. Finally, major policy decisions should always require a public hearing.
Planning and Environmental Protection - Santa Rosa's scenic landscape, productive farms, beautiful forests, charming small towns, rural character, and beautiful rivers and lakes constitute the county's primary assets. Local government has an obligation to protect these assets for posterity.
Santa Rosa County must revise the current plans concerning growth in this county. We will not live up to our vision if the current haphazard approach to growth planning continues. We must slow down our current out-of-control growth and develop and implement plans for well-engineered roads, drainage, lighting, recreational facilities, and billboard ordinances. We need appearance standards that blend development into the natural surroundings. We must learn to say no to the rooftops and asphalt advocates!
- We must promote only sustainable development coupled with energy conservation and efficient building technologies. We must protect our waterways, forests, and wildlife. We should require subdivisions to adopt environmentally sound subdivision covenants.
- We must require the developers to pay their own way. As it now stands, Santa Rosa County taxpayers are being asked to dig deeper into their pockets to pay for the impacts of residential growth. Developers must be required to pay for their impact on our community - roads, schools, EMS, fire protection, law enforcement, correctional facilities, public buildings, libraries, and recreational facilities.
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- We must strive to keep what makes Santa Rosa County special. We must protect our heritage and rural character by creating economic incentives that encourage private sector support of land preservation, affordable housing, and public transportation. We need a comprehensive preservation plan for Santa Rosa's rural communities.
Education - Our schools should provide a safe, dynamic, and thriving environment, helping each child succeed to the highest level possible.
- We must ensure that our young people can reach their potential in scholarship, citizenship, public service, physical fitness, and personal health.
- We must demonstrate leadership in our building designs and location. When new schools are built, or old schools renovated, we must incorporate the highest standards for energy efficiency and sustainability. We should also consider transportation distance and costs, and the impact of unplanned growth in making school location decisions.
- County citizens must insist on building new schools on a cash basis, rather than borrowing, using funds from impact fees, grants, and state/federal funds.
- We must invite the broadest level of citizen input in identifying new school sites, optimum school size, and providing equivalent opportunities for each child.