Chipley- Washington County Commission Chairman, Alan T. Bush said, the idea of instating a Municipal Service Taxing Unit (MSTU) to fund fire and emergency management services was not a new concept
"There has been an MSTU that was passed by a previous board. It was never implemented, and then it was later repealed," he explained.
He also added that he didn't think passing a new one was realistic nor possible."
"Personally, I don't think the board would pass it. It was merely a discussion between one of our board members and the Sheriff," he said.
Bush explained how emergency services were currently being paid for: "It's one millage. Half of it goes to fire services and half of it goes to emergency management."
But, if an MSTU were to ever come down to a board vote and pass, "It would be a flat rate charge that would be applied to each parcel during the property taxes" Bush told us.
It was something he said he personally didn't agree with, nor did he Washington County residents would support.
"It's just an additional tax," he said. "Even if you took the one mil away that was just levied, the application of this, especially if it was by each parcel, you'd be applying this tax to each parcel. The way it was purposed, regardless or not if [each parcel] had a dwelling on it. Its not necessarily a fair tax."