Local zoning and planning would address the issue of development outpacing infrastructure and help protect our community’s charm ― our wildlife and way of life. Local code enforcement will help protect property values. Locally managing traffic issues and road repairs will ensure homeowners have an easier time getting around. Based on the boundaries, local law enforcement could likely justify another deputy outpost, increasing public safety and reducing response times. A safer community could have a positive effect on homeowners’ insurance.
Phase One of the feasibility study established a baseline cost for incorporation to determine if a new town would require additional taxes. The results showed that Perdido could incorporate as a town without raising additional tax revenue. In fact, by incorporating as a municipality, a significant portion of existing tax revenue would return to the area to fund local projects and create reserves.
An excerpt from BJM Consulting’s initial phase of the feasibility study report:
The initial impacts on residents of Perdido would be very limited. There would be no new ad valorem taxes. Some businesses would be charged an additional annual Business Tax Receipt (BRT) or city license annually if they operate in both Perdido and Escambia County. The new local government of Perdido would gain total control of additional funds [beyond the general fund] to do capital maintenance and new projects.