Government

Busing, healthcare and community pool topics during part 2 of interlocal meeting

By LISA MACNEIL
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Last week, we ended our coverage of the Dec. 18, 2019 Interlocal meeting with Commissioner Steve Champion concerned about bus stops on major roadways with speed limits of 55 MPH, such as US Highway 41.  

(https://www.hernandosun.com/article/career-education-sidewalks-around-schools-lead-interlocal-meeting)

Hernando Board of County Commissioners approve school impact fee rate increase

by LISA MACNEIL

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BROOKSVILLE, Fla. - At the regular Board of County Commissioners meeting on Tuesday, December 17, 2019, the board voted 4-1 to increase school district impact fees to roughly $3,176 per single family home, half of the number requested by the school board. 

Commissioner Wayne Dukes was the dissenting vote.

Raising School Impact Fee Ordinance Will Be Topic For Public Hearing

Superintendent John Stratton stated the school board’s case at the Nov. 19, 2019 Hernando Board of County Commissioners meeting for raising the school impact fees to $6352 from $2133 per new construction single family home.  Stratton said in the meeting that he’d be satisfied with 100 percent of the 2005 rate ($4,266 per new construction single family home).  After citizen comments had been heard by the commission on Nov.

Commission to Consider Bid by Hartland Homes

An agenda item that was not heard during the previous (October 22, 2019) Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) meeting and generated provocative reports in traditional and social media was finally heard and discussed at the November 5, 2019 meeting.  After the legal department deemed the action appropriate and proper, the board voted unanimously to approve consideration of the offer submitted by Hartland Homes to purchase six parcels of land currently owned by the county.  The bid for the parcels is $408,000.

Brooksville Defers Outside IT Consult

The Brooksville City Council concurred at the regular October 7, 2019 meeting that they would table the decision on hiring an outside consultant to guide their Information Technology (IT) decisions at the present time.

Council Member Robert Battista read a portion of the Request for Proposal (RFP) and said, “I think this is premature.  We've used the county for quite a while.  We just approved a position for a technology person to be on staff.  It just seems that we had a great working relationship with the county.  It worked for us."  

School Board needs more information on school district police force idea

Among the Hernando County School Board (School Board) workshop agenda items for Oct. 8th
was the discussion of Safe School options.  The options presented at Tuesday’s Board workshop included continuing the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) school resource officer (SRO) contract, forming a school district run police force, employing guardians and employing a security firm. The end goal of any option selected is to ensure the safety of the students and the security of the campus. 

Superintendent, school board members urge county commission to raise school impact fees

At the regular meeting on October 8, 2019, the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) agreed to vote on the Hernando County School District’s (HCSD) request to increase their impact fee funding at a future joint meeting.  For reasons that were not clear at the Tuesday meeting, the agenda and public advertisement showed the topic as an update, and therefore not subject to a resolution.  The board concurred to defer the vote to the joint meeting, with a date to be determined.