Julie B. Maglio

Citizens unhappy with garbage rate hikes and MSBU for mandatory areas

The Board of County Commissioners found themselves in a quandary, having signed a contract with Republic Waste Management establishing several unpopular service changes including rate increases in the face of poor job performance by Republic.  To not approve the Municipal Service Benefit Unit (MSBU) assessment establishment on the May 22, 2018 agenda would be in breach of their contract with Republic. In the end, the board voted unanimously to establish the MSBU.
The 6th amendment to the contract with Republic was adopted and signed October 24, 2017, and included the following:

Hernando County Youth Livestock Competition 2018

4-H youth are likely familiar with this concept.  Their fine work in animal husbandry was recently on display at the 4-H Youth Livestock Competition during the Annual Hernando County Fair which featured rabbit, poultry, swine and steer competitions. 

The ‘Cloverbuds Competition’ for children ages 5 - 7, is neither judged or scored, but aims to introduce the concept of recognition for animal husbandry, awarding participation ribbons only.  

$1.2 million for Hernando Beach Fire Station renovation

The Hernando Beach Fire Rescue Station #6 will be receiving a $1.2 million construction grant from the state for a renovation project.  The grant is a result of appropriations made by the Florida Legislature during the 2018 session to support local fire departments. It must be distributed during the 2018-2019 fiscal year.  The grant period begins July 1, 2018 and will be allocated through reimbursement.

 

Alison Pager semifinalist for Presidential Scholars Program

Alison Pager, a graduating senior at Hernando High School, is part of an elite group of students across the nation.  She is one of 630 semifinalists for the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. There are only 31 semifinalists from the state of Florida.  There was an initial pool of 5300 student candidates from around the country.

Emotions run high for Moton at school board meeting

An emotional hour and a half discussion took place at the Hernando County School Board Regular Meeting on April 24, 2018 in the aftermath of the school district’s firing of all Moton Elementary teachers.  

Community members, teachers and parents had an opportunity to voice their concerns about the district’s recent actions.  School board members expressed sympathy for the situation the hard working teachers are now facing.  Superintendent Dr. Lori Romano delivered an explanation of her position and the reasons behind the difficult decision.  

County’s legal notice expenditures

Toward the end of the Board of County Commissioners meeting on Tuesday April 10, 2018, Chairman Steve Champion brought up legal notice expenditures for the county, noting that the county spends over $100,000 annually, publishing notices through the Tampa Bay Times newspaper.  
Florida’s Sunshine Law requires governmental entities to publish legal/public notices in order to notify citizens of upcoming meetings, hearings, tax notices, tax sales, zoning changes, comprehensive plan changes, etc.  

Auditor:county financial condition "solid," but general fund reserves low

Hernando County hired the Auditors Purvis and Gray to conduct the annual financial audit- which must be completed by Florida statute.  Audit Partner Mark White explained to commissioners on Tuesday April 10, that the primary scope of the audit is the “expression of an opinion on the financial documents- that they are fairly presented in accordance with general accounting principles so they can be relied upon for the financial information that it contains.”