Rocco Maglio

A survey of economic development in the city of Brooksville

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There are a number of construction projects either underway or in the planning stages in the city of Brooksville. The permit valuation from October 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019 was around $19 million. There were 111 residential permits during that time valued at more than $15 million. There were 70 commercial permits valued at more than $3 million. There were two demolition permits which removed around $550,000 in value. 

Birthday Gifts for Charity

As many of us get older, birthdays no longer have the same excitement as they once held in early childhood years. The excitement of waiting for our birthdays and the 'must-have' presents has faded. We know longer have to wait for our birthday for something we want. Our friends and family like to acknowledge our birthday and few enjoy showing up at a party empty-handed, so gathering donations for charity is an exemplary use of your birthday.

Budgets, Deficits and Unicorns

The measures we use to understand our government are mostly make believe. A budget is a plan of how you are going to spend money. It should be a best guess as to the amount of money that you will need to spend usually for a year. A deficit is if your budget (expected spending) is larger than your expected revenue. A surplus is if your budget is less than your expected revenue.

Newspaper clipping MYSTERY

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A little while ago the Hernando Sun came into possession of an interesting piece of history. It was a piece of flashing from a roof with a newspaper article printed on it. Our first thought was that maybe it was a plate from printing the newspaper, but then the writing would have been a mirror image, so that when the ink was transferred to the newsprint it would be correct. 

Beware of Governmental Mandate Claims

When you hear a government official talking about mandates from another part of the government, you need to verify that it is, in fact, a mandate. Generally, the representative of the people paying the taxes will have the final decision, so you should be suspicious if your representative says that a new expense "mandated by another part of government" cannot be rejected.