City leaders will next look at the proposed millage rate and budgets for the fiscal year 2015.
The proposed millage rate is 1.500 mills, which is unchanged from the year prior.
A Jerry Jones is up to the podium. He is telling the council that “sometimes I pretend to be the owner of the Dallas Cowboys.”
As a homeowner, he said the city is about to increase his taxes for the third time.
“Please think before you tax,” he said. “If you must tax, please tax the right party.”
Jones says he came to Destin to get away from Panama City.
“Don’t let Destin become another Panama City,” he added. Jones is telling the council if they raise taxes, he may have to sell his property or rent it out.
“Reward the homeowners,” he said. “Force the visitors, the renters and the home buyers to pay more taxes.”
The motion to adopt the proposed millage rate is on the floor.
A few of the councilors have clarified that they are not raising taxes, adding that more than likely the man’s property values have increased, which would account for the increase in “taxes.”
The millage rate is approved on first reading. It will not become final until after the second reading.
Looking at the proposed budget, which is $12,920,745, it is up for first reading tonight. Just like the millage rate, the city must adopt this item on two readings.
The item is approved unanimously.