Bill to Help Incorporate Panacea Makes Its Way to the Governor

Posted at 10:13 PM, May 04, 2015
and last updated 2015-06-30 20:00:24-04

WAKULLA COUNTY (WTXL) - A bill that would allow a community of 800 to become incorporated and has created a divide in Wakulla County will now go to Governor.

"What is the purpose of incorporating Pancea? That's been a very big question, no one fully understands why this is being pushed and what the benefits will be for the citizens," said Commissioner Harris Kessler.

The panacea bill would set up a city charter for a mayor, city council, and city manager. Proponents of the bill say it would create more jobs and more revenue for the community.

"It's sort of like they can choose their own destiny, they can apply for grants. They could manage their own world. They would be in charge of their town," explained Commissioner Jerry Moore.

Some worry that incorporation could bring more taxes for the people who live in Panacea.  "I had about a 3 to 1 feedback that they did not want to have any more taxes," said Moore.

However, business owner Fred Crump believes that Panacea residents would be prohibited from increased taxation. "You've got St. Marks, you got Carabelle, that are flourishing and doing well simply because they're self governed. We need that tool, we don't need taxes they day we tax these people is the day that we've lost the fight," said Crumb.