Okaloosa Sales Tax

A proposed one cent sales tax increase in the western panhandle is being decided by voters today. The reactions to the proposal are mixed.

Six years ago, Tim English opened a restaurant in the newly rehabilitated downtown district of Crestview. He's an ardent opponent of Okaloosa County tacking an additional penny to the sales' tax. English says the sales' tax is now six percent, and that's high enough.

The penny increase would remain in effect for only five years. It's estimated to bring in more than four-hundred million dollars which would go to paving roads and storm water infrastructure needs

Some don't like it, but they would rather see an additional penny at the register than a property tax increase.