Close to $4 million will be coming to Walton County this year to help diversify the local economy----that is of course, unless the governor holds the line.
Walton County currently holds approximately 315 acres of prime commercial and industrial property. It is bordered on the south by I-10, to the north by the C-S-X rail line and US Highway 90 and to the west; it is separated by State Road 285. District III Commissioner Bill Imfeld is really excited about this project.
He says it could diversify the county' economy which relies heavily on the tourism industry.
"We learned from the BP oil spill, that not only are bed taxes impacted when you have something like that, we lost gas tax revenues. We lost sales tax revenues and all the government functions."
A majority of the funding requested would go towards a wastewater treatment facility. The facility will not only handle and treat water for the county's industrial park, but for the entire community.
"I'm very hopeful; I've sent the governor and explained to him that these are permitted, shovel ready projects, ready to go. This means jobs instantly."