COCOA BEACH, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35) - The Cocoa Beach City Hall and police station was built more than five decades ago in 1962, and commissioners say it’s in dire need of repairs and upgrades in order to keep the city running.
“We’ll spend more on repairs and maintenance over the 20 year period of the loan for a new city hall and police department then we’ll spend to build it,” said Commissioner Skip Williams.
That’s why during Thursday night’s Cocoa Beach commission meeting, Commissioner Skip Williams proposed a millage increase for a set 10 year term to fund the estimated $15.5 million dollar project to build a new city hall and police station.
“My argument would be, we did our homework, there’s a funding gap and we need to fill it, and this is one way to fulfill it and it’ll go to the voters and they’ll decide,” Williams said.
Commissioner Williams says the increase would only be a small amount that tax payers could manage, but the jury’s still out on if residents are willing to pay for it.
“I understand that we need a new city hall, you can see how old this is, and I understand that that takes tax money, as long as it’s within decent parameters,” said Cocoa Beach resident Amy Uffelman.
Right now it’s too early to say how much the millage increase would be, but the current proposal states it would be under 1 mil. “More than likely it might be a good idea,” said Jeffrey Lowther.
If approved the ballot referendum would go on the November ballot.