MILTON — The Santa Rosa County administration projects tax property revenues to increase 6.4% this coming fiscal year after rising about 4% during each of the past five years.

However, the nearly $58.8 million revenue estimate still means the county must go another year without the expansion of Woodbine Lane to four lanes in Pace, a YMCA in Pace, more multi-purpose sports fields for Pensacola State College, a multi-use path on Navarre Beach, the Tom King Bayou drainage project and other priorities.

“We won’t have available revenue to do significant projects that would change and improve the county,” County Administrator Dan Schebler said.

The County Commission has put a half-cent sales tax question on the ballot Aug. 27 that is expected to generate nearly $9 million a year if voters approve.

Commission Chairman Sam Parker said the early budget workshop Tuesday presented by each department director gave him a clear idea of the future financial picture.

“I got benefit out of it,” Parker said. “It’s important for us to hear from each of them.”

As part of its proposed 2019-20 budget, county officials plan to implement a second year of salary raises. Each of the current 951 employees would receive a $1 an hour hike, or about a 2.5% raise for about 85% of the employees.

In addition, the county plans to add just six new full-time positions, with three of those converting from LandrumHR employees.

Code enforcement is slated to become the county’s newest department in 2019-20 fiscal year, with its own budget of $792,281, instead of being lumped in with building inspections. The new department will increase from six employees to eight. It seeks money to buy four new vehicles — two for the new employees and two to replace old vehicles — for $122,000.

Chris Phillips, who oversees code enforcement, told commissioners that it handled 899 cases of dilapidated or nuisance buildings this year. It projects to handle 1,160 in 2019-20 and 1,550 by 2020-21. It picked up 3,000 signs this year compared to 1,440 last year. Additionally, 22 pits were assigned to code enforcement and 12 were cleaned up in the first month. Only five pits cases remain open.

“We’re really trying to keep the county clean,” Phillips said.

County commissioners also singled out Sheila Fitzgerald, grants and special programs director, for recognition. She plans to hire a project manager to help the department, which oversees 32 grant projects totaling $18 million. Another $6 million will soon be released by the RESTORE Act funded by BP for its Deepwater Horizon oil spill that polluted Northwest Florida beaches.

Don Salter, a commissioner since November 2000, said the county’s grants have piled up under her leadership.

“That’s an amazing amount of money that you brought here that otherwise we would not get,” Salter said.