Votech Truckers

By: Jason Davis
By: Jason Davis

In the late 90s, Washington County and the City of Chipley swapped some land. The county used its new property to build a new jail.

Washington-Holmes Tech Truck Driving School was already using the city's new land, as part of a 25-year lease for a dollar a year. The lease ended in 2000, and Chipley City Officials want significantly more than that dollar a year.

You can't dispute the economic impact that the school brings to Chipley. But the city owns most of the land that the truck driving range uses.

Wednesday, school officials received yet another proposal from the city: a lease that starts at $15,000 a year, and increases by a thousand dollars every year. If not, the school gets a year to find a new home.

Washington-Holmes Tech is constantly lending resources from its drafting program, carpentry, and heavy equipment to the city. School officials say the city's lease offer is not fair and compromises the future of the driving school.

City officials were not available to comment on camera but did say in the future they eventually want the property to expand their public works department.

School officials say they plan present the issue at city council meeting in the near future to hopefully pursue council members to vote against imposing a lease.

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