Government

County admin building still the elephant in the room

By LISA MACNEIL
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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

by LISA MACNEIL
HERNANDO SUN REPORTER

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

by LISA MACNEIL
Hernando Sun Reporter

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. 

Proposed administration building could lead to state take over of county government

by LISA MACNEIL
Hernando Sun Reporter

At its meeting of March 26, 2019, the Board of County Commissioners  concurred with the County Administrator’s recommendation to move forward with obtaining an independent financial consultant to review the county’s financial situation.  Following through at a workshop on June 25, 2019, the board considered several ways to fix the budget shortfall heading into the 2020 Fiscal Year.

June 3, 2019 Brooksville City Council meeting highlights

by KATHRYN DENTATO

Executive Session
There was an hour-long Executive Session prior to the regular Council meeting to discuss strategies with the negotiating committee in preparation for the Collective Bargaining session with the Firefighters Union. Executive Sessions are closed to the public but are recorded. The recordings are available once all the bargaining is completed and the contract is signed. 

Incentives agreement approved for fencing manufacturer

by JULIE B. MAGLIO

This article corresponds the the following agenda item of the April 23, 2019 Board of County Commissioners meeting:

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT MANAGER VALERIE PIANTA
Economic Development Incentives Agreement With Delamere Industries, Inc. Delamere Industries, Inc. (DII) dba Elite Fence and DOT Aluminum Rail is a premier fabricator, provider and installer of commercial, residential and DOT fencing and rail products, primarily throughout Florida.

April 15, 2019 City Council meeting highlights

Portions of the city council meeting are reviewed in our “highlights” report

by JULIE B. MAGLIO and KATHRYN DENTATO

D. CERTIFICATES AND PROCLAMATIONS

1. Arbor Day Proclamation 
Accepted by: Beautification Board Chairman
2. Prevention of Animal Cruelty Month – April, 2019
Accepted by: Kelly Detweiler
3. Autism Awareness Month – April, 2019
Accepted by: Crystal Cruz
4. Sexual Violence Awareness Month – April, 2019 
Accepted by: April Johnson, Community Engagement
Coordinator, Dawn Center

E. PRESENTATIONS