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Santa Rosa Sheriff asks for tax hike to pay for raises

The santa Rosa County Sheriff's Office is using social media to get support for pay raises for county employees who haven't seen on in almost seven years.
If a proposed property tax hike is approved in Santa Rosa County, property taxes could rise by about 18-dollars for every 100-thousand of the property's taxable value.

Channel Three's Jenise Fernandez has more on how the Sheriff's Office is using social media to get their point across.

The Sheriff posted the video on Facebook  because they felt it was the fastest way to reach the most people.
Employees at the Sheriff's Office havent seen a raise since 2007, with the majority of civilian employees being laid off in 2008.

This ten minute video, uploaded monday night, explains why the Sheriff's Office wants to see a pay raise.
Using the phrase "doing less with less," Sheriff's Office spokesperon, Rich Aloy, says  it's been difficult for employees to make ends meet.

"So everyone can see what our point of view is... there's a lot of deputies struggling out here."

Aloy created the video himself.
The video starts off with images of deputies at work, and then shows county commissioners discussing pay raises, along with Sheriff Wendell Hall speaking on behalf of the Sheriff's Office.
Aloy says, they wanted people who could not attend the public hearings to understand why the Sheriff's Office supports a property tax hike to help with pay raises.

"Social media just seems to be a great avenue for us... to see exactly what's going on in their government."

31 deputies have quit since 2009, mostly because they weren't getting paid enough.
This year, nine have left for higher paying jobs.
The proposed tax hike would bring in 1-point-four million dollars in additional revenue.
Taxpayers like Tim Smith support the increase.

"I think people need help.... by raising the taxes."

Others, like Joshua Cotton, have mixed feelings.
But Cotton says he likes that the Sheriff's Office is using social media to get their point across, especially since it allows people to comment on it.

"Facebook is a good alternative to use.... and see what their input is on it."

And you can weigh in on this issue next Monday at 6pm, for the last county public hearing.
Reporting in Santa Rosa County, Jenise Fernandez, Channel Three News.