City of Weeki Wachee dissolved and transferred to Hernando County

Hernando County, Fla.-- On June 9, 2020, Governor DeSantis signed House Bill 1215 to dissolve the local governing body which oversees the City of Weeki Wachee and transfer all assets and legitimate liabilities, including substantiated debts, to Hernando County. As part of this Bill, the City of Weeki Wachee will become part of the unincorporated area of Hernando County.

Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR)

At the April 28th Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) meeting, Clerk of Court Doug Chorvat introduced the presentation of the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR), which was conducted by Purvis Gray & Company, LLP.   Mark White of Purvis Gray introduced the overall audit results to the board, which essentially established that all accounting procedures were followed in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP).  

According to Purvis Gray, at the close of September 30, 2019, the County’s Financial Highlights include:

Buyer backs out of contract to purchase county surplus property 

On July 30, 2019, Hernando Board of County Commissioners unanimously approved the surplus designation and unsolicited purchase offer for a county owned property located at County Line Rd and Cobblestone Drive.  The 5.4 acre property was valued by the property appraiser at $54,000.  Working through realtor Gary Shraut, the buyer, RKM Development Corp submitted a $625,000 offer to purchase the property previously owned by the Deltona Corporation.

COVID-19 impacts on county government so far

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BROOKSVILLE, Fla.-- In response to the COVID-19 crisis, Hernando County administrator Jeff Rogers has placed a hold on hiring with a review for critically needed positions.  He has also evaluated the potential economic impacts on the county.

Rogers remarked that the biggest hit areas will be sales tax, tourism and agriculture.  

“We have a number of $1.6 million lost to the county general fund for the next three months.”  

Weeki Wachee legal debt to be addressed after bill passes says county administrator

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The Florida auditor general in 2014 found that the city of Weeki Wachee had $1,164,963 in total liabilities.  The majority of the liability stems from a legal services bill from the city attorney, McGee & Mason, P.A. This bill has made it difficult to dissolve the city, because at that point the county would become liable for the city's bills.

County still has questions on Aquatic Preserve bill

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The Board of County Commissioners  (BOCC) discussed the proposed Legislative bill creating a Nature Coast Aquatic Preserve, and what it means for the future of local decision-making and state funding.  Hernando county has several state-funded aquatics projects already pending, and the future of those were also discussed.

County Approves Rezoning for RV Storage

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At the regular BOCC meeting on February 11, 2020, the commission voted unanimously to approve the small-scale Comprehensive Plan Amendment (CPAM1904) that will allow for the rezoning of an 8.8-acre parcel located on the northeast side of Ponce De Leon Boulevard, approximately 447 feet southeast of Landfill Road.  The parcel will be rezoned from AG (agricultural) to C-2 (commercial), allowing for the development of an outdoor boat and RV storage area.

License agreement approved for Weeki Wachee dredging project

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At the Jan. 28, 2020 Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) meeting, the county voted 4-0 to approve the license agreement between the county and Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD)  for the Weeki Wachee River dredging project. If funding is approved, dredging could begin in the spring of 2021. Commissioner Jeff Holcomb was absent during this meeting.