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Methods discussed to eliminate $11 million general fund deficit

 by LISA MACNEIL Hernando Sun Reporter

Update Regarding changes to Budget Policy

Leading into the budget discussion of the February 26, 2019 regular meeting, Interim Budget Director George Zoettlein updated the Board of County Commissioners on changes to the county’s budget policies. 

Zoettlein described the changes as a simplified way of constructing future budgets in order to “make things balance easier.”   The changes are not expected to be put in place until after the next fiscal year.

Blues icon to perform in Brooksville

The Paul Nelson Band will play Sunday March 17 for Blues Bash at the Ranch

By: Jessica Williams
Hernando Sun Writer

A bit starstruck, I had my first interview for The Hernando Sun with the Grammy-Award Winning Guitarist, Paul Nelson, this past week.

He phoned this little ole’ newspaper writer in Hernando County. We talked about his exciting, upcoming appearance at the Blues Bash at The Sertoma Youth Ranch in Brooksville, this Sunday, March 17, among a few other interesting things.

Proposed public notice legislation, costly for local governments?


The Public Notices Reform Bill has been introduced in both the Florida House of Representative and the Senate. Randy Fine (R-Palm Bay) introduced House Bill 1235 and Dennis Baxley (R-Ocala) introduced Florida Senate Bill 1676. These bills would allow governments in the state to advertise their own legal notices on their websites as well as open up the ability to private entities to contract for this service.

County Revises Administrator Job Description and Starts Recruitment


Hernando Sun Reporter

At the Feb. 26, 2019 meeting, Human Resources Risk Director Christi Charlow presented to the Hernando Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) the job description for the County Administrator, as well as revisions for approval.  County Administrator Len Sossamon was terminated on Jan. 29 and Deputy Administrator Jeff Rogers has stepped into the Acting County Administrator role while decisions are made on a permanent solution.

Hernando County sheriff announces participation in ICE program

By Sarah Nachin

Governor Ron DeSantis, Hernando Sheriff Al Nienhuis and Pasco Sheriff Chris Nocco held a joint press conference on Tuesday afternoon, Feb. 26, 2019. The topic addressed was public safety in relation to crimes committed in our state by illegal immigrants. A number of state, county and local elected officials were in attendance.  

BKV aircraft self fueling facility, no longer a ‘no go’


This article corresponds to the following consent agenda item from the Jan. 29, 2019 Hernando BOCC meeting, which was pulled for discussion:  

Reconsider Recommendation for Aircraft Self Fueling Facility Project at Brooksville-Tampa Bay Regional Airport 

On Dec. 18, 2018, Commissioners voted 3-2 to not approve the award of Contract No. 18-CG0117/BH to GLF Construction Corporation for Aircraft Self Fueling Facility Project at Brooksville-Tampa Bay Regional Airport and Associated Budget Resolution (Cost: $1,255,770.00).