NW Fla. Residents Voice Concerns to State Lawmakers

By: Bryan Anderson
By: Bryan Anderson

Marianna, FL- The legislative delegation that represents Jackson County held the meeting Tuesday night at the Jackson County commission chambers to hear what constituents wanted them to address in the upcoming session.

From the majority of the discussion, residents wanted action on a special taxing district for Compass Lake in the Hills. At least two dozen Compass Lake residents told Representatives Marti Coley and Brad Drake and Senator Bill Muntford they feel there are enough problems there already, so why add to it?

The community's property owners association is pushing for the new taxing district. Residents also questioned how votes are collected there. Right now it's one vote per lot, but several of the homeowners said that's not fair.

"There's no reason that someone from Miami would care enough about my family. They (Property Owners Association) don't care about it," said Compass Lake resident Jim Cowart.

One resident even feared gambling could become a part of the community under the proposal.

"Some of the people that are involved on the other side of this are connected to a conglomerate in South Florida that has a para-mutuel license," said Compass Lake resident Andrew Dutch.

Jackson County Supervisor of Elections Sylvia Stevens was concerned about how her staff will conduct a vote if this tax proposal were to pass the state legislation and come back to the residents. That's because most of the Compass Lake property owners live outside the county. The legislative session gets underway January 10th.

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