If municipal boundary lines are drawn and the Town of Perdido is established, Escambia County loses the authority to collect many existing revenues from within the boundaries (MSTUs, franchise fees, communication services tax, business licenses, state-shared revenues, and potentially other gas tax revenue, to name a few). By state statute, those revenues belong to the municipality to benefit its citizens.
At the October 26 Escambia County Delegation Meeting, one of the delegates pointed out that, according to the current report, around $15M of existing tax revenue would return to the area. The statement was likely based on page 56 of the report, which identifies impacts on Escambia County. Based on the report proposal and budget projections, while some of this revenue would again return to the county, a large portion would remain with the municipality.
By incorporating as a municipality, Perdido can return a more significant share of our tax dollars to the local community.