Submitted by Susan Hardee Steger
At a special meeting of the Nassau County Board of Commissioners approval to construct a 10 million dollar Sheriff’s Administrative Office passed on a 4 – 0 vote. (Commissioner Steve Kelley was unable to attend the meeting.) The special meeting was called to place the project in the Nassau County budget’s capital improvement plan in order to receive $500,000 in state funding.
According to County Attorney David Hallman, in order to receive the anticipated state funding the “provisos” are that the building project be added to the county budget’s capital improvement plan, and construction of the building be completed within five years. The $500,000 funding is subject to passage by the state legislature and budget approval by Governor Rick Scott.
For years, plans for a new Sheriff’s facility were under discussion. A 2001 proposal placed the square footage for the building at 50,000 square feet. Currents plans have downsized the square footage to 30,000.
The building will be located near the Nassau County Judicial Offices. Funding sources for the project include extending for three years the date to refund impact fees, a one cent sales surtax $6,302,160, and $3,697,840 from the general fund.
April 30, 2013 1:25 p.m.