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Okaloosa Co. could add sales tax to pay for flood damage

In Okaloosa County -- April's flooding pointed out the weakness of their stormwater system -- and one commissioner is suggesting a new sales tax to pay for a fix.

Corrugated pipes that blew out during the storm are an example of what county leaders say is at least a$50 million dollar problem. Commissioner

Dave Parisot suggested a one-cent sales tax to pay for improvements.
Another commissioner, Nathan Boyles, says the idea has promise.
He says it would spread the burden to everyone who benefits, including tourists.
This is a community decision that we need to make collectively. So this would go to referendum and if it's something the voters support, it would go forward and if it's not, then it wouldn't"

The money raised by the proposed sales tax would be divided between the county and its cities for stormwater projects.

Commissioners will discuss the idea in more detail at their June 3rd meeting.

Voters would have the final say.