Commissioner questions new Williston office

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Tax collector’s cost on building may be $300K

By Lou Elliott Jones, Editor

Tax Collector Linda Fugate came before the Levy County Commission on Tuesday asking for a resolution authorizing her to conduct county business at satellite offices in Chiefland.

But before it was over — and she did get the resolution passed on a 4-1 vote — she got more than she bargained for as County Commission Chair Ryan Bell, of Chiefland (R-District 4), who cast the dissenting vote,  questioned the construction costs.

The resolution was on the commission agenda because it was recently learned that the commission never approved conducting county business in the Chiefland office. The Williston office was previously authorized. The resolution’s wording provides “for authorization for the prior operation of such branches.”

But it is the Williston office that sparked the most discussion. Fugate told the commission she collects $30,000 in fees annually in Williston and pays only $2,500 in utilities for the trailer office that is open one day a week.  Fugate said she has employees from the Bronson courthouse office staff the Williston office so there is no extra labor cost.

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