Bay County recovery efforts outlook remains positive

Mexico Beach Canal damage after Hurricane Michael. (WJHG/WECP)

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - One year after Hurricane Michael hit the Panhandle, recovery is still the hot topic among its residents and community leaders.

The first step in recovery is cleaning up the damage done to the community followed by rebuilding efforts. Many areas still have tarps on their roofs and damage is still evident but county and city officials report increases in building permits and business licenses. There is also growth in areas that rely heavily on Tyndall Air Force Base since the announcement that the base would be rebuilt.

There is also good news for property owners from Bay County Commissioner Robert Carroll.

"Even after a hurricane of this devastation, borrowing over $200 million dollars, we were able to keep our millage rate the same and not increase taxes for people even though there's almost eight percent down in property value," he said. "So I think it's important that we all dig deep in our pocket to make sure that we're not having to borrow extra money or put more burden on everybody that has suffered. We thought it was extremely important to keep taxes the same."

As is the case with the damage done by Hurricane Opal in 1995, Commissioner Carroll thinks that over time most of the damage done will no longer be evident.

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