Wiregrass Newsroom: Houston County Commission Considers Country Crossing Resolution

By Daniel Curtis - bio | email

Dothan, Al. (WSFA) -- Now that developers have broken ground on Country Crossing, the Houston County Commission will be voting on a resolution to help develop the project.

The resolution would establish a district that allows Country Crossing to raise money.

At the site of Country Crossing, a sprawling entertainment complex that will cover hundreds of acres, crews work on site preparation.

While at the Houston County Commission it's deciding whether to declare Country Crossing a Municipal Improvement District; which would give a boost toward the project's completion.

"It's a tool set up by law that allows a developer through a commission like us to set up a district and it's almost like setting up a municipality," said County Chairman Mark Culver.

If created the district would allow the developer to assess property and charge fees on certain things, almost like a sales tax.

This district means Country Crossing will be able to raise its own revenue for infrastructure instead of asking Houston County for the money.

"So the county won't have any funds invested in this, because it's all going to be paid for by these districts that are being set up," said Culver.

Culver says since these municipal improvement districts are like small towns they're subject to public scrutiny.

The county commission will vote Monday on whether to establish the district.