Kathryn Dentato

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

by KATHRYN DENTATO

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. 

Matters at the Brooksville Special Meeting 07.26.2019

Money MATTERS

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 City Council Meeting? 07.01.2019

Recognitions MATTER

Parks and Recreation Month, July 2019 – Bernardini read the proclamation which praised the Parks Department facilities and opportunities. Administrative Assistant Dodie Barger accepted the proclamation. Barger said the Parks Department was proud that Hernando Sun readers recognized the work of staff members and voted Tom Varn Park as the top park in Hernando County.  

Legislative MATTERS

School district plans to bring millage rate increase to the voters

by KATHRYN DENTATO
Hernando Sun Reporter

Heather Martin, Deputy Superintendent, and Joyce McIntyre, Director of Finance, met with the School Board members to talk about the district’s need to increase millage rates, the proposed amount(s), how the money would be used, and the timing of a vote by the citizens. 

Drop in third grade reading scores prompts changes

by KATHRYN DENTATO
Hernando Sun Reporter

The percentage decrease in third graders passing the FSA reading assessment for the 2018-2019 school year will be addressed by district staff in a number of ways in the upcoming school year.  The numbers were discussed in detail and specific strategies for reading instruction and training were presented at the school board workshop on June 11, 2019.

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.