School district proposed budget and millage rates for FY 2019-2020

HERNANDO SUN STAFF REPORT -  The first public budget hearing for the school district was held on July 30, 2019. At this meeting the following tentative millage rates were approved unanimously as well as the proposed budget.

The proposed total tentative millage of 6.163 mills approved at the first public budget hearing is more than the Rolled-Back rate by .88%.  The millage and revenues earned from the millage are broken down in the charts below.

A mixed bag of public support, opposition for Brooksville Main Street program


The Special Meeting for the Brooksville Main Street Program (BMS) was intended as an opportunity for the Council to hear a presentation from and ask questions of the principals involved, as well as give the public an opportunity to comment. 

A scheduling conflict prevented the new BMS director, Natalie Kahler, and Cliff Manuel of the Brooksville Vision Foundation from attending. The meeting was not cancelled so the public could be heard. 

County plans to buy more property to ease Hernando Beach boat ramp parking congestion

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The Board of County Commissioners voted 4-1 at the July 30, 2019 meeting to pursue purchasing two additional properties near the Hernando Beach boat ramp to remedy the parking congestion seen when the two existing parking lots are full.  Commissioner John Mitten was the one opposing vote, citing the expenditure of $1 million in Park Impact Fees on only one project.

One mill increase to pay for $8 million deficit

JULY 30, 2019- It was a close and contentious vote, but the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) voted 3-2 to increase the proposed millage rate advertised on the TRIM by 1 mill, which equates to a 14.51% increase in taxes, that promises to fix the county’s deficit, which now stands at around $8,000,000.

Commissioners Steve Champion and Wayne Dukes voted against the increase.

Matters at the Brooksville Special Meeting 07.26.2019


Revenue Projection for 2020
City Manager Mark Kutney said the review process is ongoing and there are some changes and additions that are pending. Interim Finance Director Autumn Sullivan said she used the good faith estimate for ad valorem taxes. Except for communication tax, all the state revenue figures have been received. 
Kemerer asked about the revenue from Duke Energy and electric public service taxes. The budget appears to run up to $130,000 under the revenue.  Sullivan agreed to review the figures.  

What matters at the Brooksville City Council meeting? 07.15.2019

Recognitions MATTER

Brooksville City Council recognizes Smokey the Bear and his mission to prevent forest fires and celebrated Smokey's 75th Anniversary. 

Assessments MATTER

Consideration of proposed resolution and Assessment Report for FY 2020 Fire Protection Non-Ad Valorem Assessment Study  (Resolution No. 2019-06)

The votes on this resolution did not pass any changes to the fire assessment methodology, only to approve the reports presented and schedule a public hearing.  

County admin building still the elephant in the room

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At a special meeting held on July 9, 2019, the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) learned that the current budget deficit could be potentially reduced by $627,931.  The most recent goal was to reduce the deficit by $4 million. The board came to the consensus that they are not in favor of  Payment in lieu of Franchise Fees (PILOF) or Payment in Lieu of taxes (PILOT) to generate revenues and gave County Administrator Jeff Rogers direction to construct a final budget within those parameters.

County restructuring of departments


At the regular Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) meeting held on June 26, 2019,  the board voted 5-0 to approve a revised organization chart prepared by County Administrator Jeff Rogers to represent and guide restructuring of county departments.  Rogers’ goal for the restructuring is to reduce the number of departments that report directly to him.

Rogers reported that his top goals as County Administrator is the handling of contracts and purchasing , employee morale and community involvement.

Rep. Ingoglia delivers 2019 legislative update

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At the June 25, 2019 regular Board of County Commissioners meeting, State Representative Blaise Ingoglia briefed the board on the recent Legislative Session, which he called “historic.” Ingoglia mentioned infrastructure plans, water quality proposals and a commitment to the environment, which is essential to the county’s economic well-being in the form of tourism.