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County's First FY 2021 Public Budget Hearing

By JULIE B. MAGLIO
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County Commissioners approved a millage rate reduction of .25 mills over last year’s millage rate during the first budget hearing on Sept. 9, 2020. Because of an increase in property values, this will result in an increase in property tax revenues for the county.  The fiscal year 2021 tentative budget is $537,678,748 with 25.99% coming from the general fund.

Five Year Capital Improvement Plan includes 239 projects, totals over $410 million

Ahead of the next evening’s first public budget hearing, Budget Director Stephanie Russ delivered a presentation on Capital Improvement Projects completed in FY 2020 and those that are budgeted for FY 2021 on Sept. 8, 2020.  She brought attention to several projects that are currently unfunded in FY 21 but remain a priority to the county such as the $14.5 million radio system overhaul for the Sheriff’s Office and the courthouse remodel.

Hernando High Student Arrested for Bringing Firearm onto Campus

On 09-15-2020 at 2:45 p.m., several students at Hernando High School advised School Resource Deputy Chris Downey that they observed a student in possession of a firearm on school grounds.

The student was identified as Demetrius Roberts Jr. DOB/11-26-2003.

The students advised Roberts was showing off the firearm during class.

Deputy Downey discovered Roberts had already boarded a school bus to go home.

Fatal Hernando Crash NB SR-589/MM38 9/16/2020

7:25 AM 

A 33-year-old male from Spring Hill, driving a sedan, was traveling northbound on SR-589 near the 38 milepost when the driver lost control of the vehicle on the wet roadway. The sedan entered the center median while rotating, striking smaller trees before colliding with a large tree with
the right side of the vehicle and coming to final rest. Unfortunately, although he was wearing a seatbelt, he did suffer fatal injuries at the scene of the crash. 

Adding Restrictions to Fertilizer Ordinance

The Hernando County Board of County Commissioners discussed changes to the county’s fertilizer ordinance for nearly three hours on Sept. 1, 2020, in a public workshop.  The changes to the fertilizer ordinance were requested by the Hernando County Association of Realtors and would further restrict fertilizer application by homeowners during the summer months.  During this time, homeowners would have the option of hiring a professional company to properly assess lawn conditions and apply fertilizer.