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Panama City News Herald

Half-cent tax gains broad business support

BAY COUNTY — Voters on Nov. 8 will decide whether to tax themselves a half-cent on their purchases to pay for the repair of local roads and other infrastructure needs. The sales tax revenues — gained from everyday purchases of products and services — would pay for road resurfacing, bridge repair, paving dirt roads prone to flooding, reducing neighborhood flooding, sidewalks and pedestrian safety projects across the county, proponents say. Each year, the county should be spending about $5.5 million on resurfacing so roads don’t get to the point they are more expensive to fix, County Manager Bob Majka said.

October 10, 2016

Palm Beach Post

Drones new tool for PBSO in rescue efforts, trafficking crackdowns

Drones may soon become the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office newest tool to search for missing people and help in emergency-response efforts. County commissioners recently gave the office permission to start a drone pilot program. The office has been awarded a $1 million grant from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to pay for it. The sheriff’s office did not respond to questions about the drone program, but a copy of its agreement with FDLE indicates that the the Unmanned Aircraft System Pilot Program will primarily be used for marine scenarios involving search-and-rescue missions, cracking down on human- and drug-trafficking activities and “providing situational awareness of persons whose lives are in imminent danger.”

October 10, 2016

South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Commissioner Wexler: A penny is a small investment for our future | Opinion

In 2006, I was against the Transportation Surtax because, in my opinion, it was a money grab. Anyone involved in the 2006 full penny Transportation Surtax effort knows that since then, experts have been reviewing our needs and developing plans to address current and future growth. As a donor county, we have long failed to leverage the federal dollars available for transportation improvements because we lack a local, dedicated source of revenue. In Florida, Broward is only one of nine counties not to have a local surtax.

October 10, 2016