Lisa MacNeil

Commission Votes 3-2 to go Forward with 1 mill Property Tax increase

After a contentious 4 hour meeting on September 11, 2019, The Board of County Commissioners voted 3-2 to both approve the proposed 1 mill increase and the tentative budget.  Commissioners Steve Champion and Wayne Dukes opposed both measures maintaining that more expenses could be cut, rather than increasing the millage rate. 


The tentative millage rate will apply only to the BOCC General Fund.  Other funds’ rates are listed as follows:


BOCC General Fund 7.8912

BOCC Transportation Trust 0.7091

Hernando Growers Association to use Little Rock Cannery to expand customer base

In June 2016, the former Brooksville City Manager and Parks Department planned a Farmers Market in Downtown Brooksville.  Unfortunately, it was July, very hot and did not attract many customers at the time. Michael DeFelice was asked if he would help.  Excellent timing, since DeFelice was struggling with where to sell produce, and also still learning how to farm.  

Hernando High School Student Dies in Early Morning Accident

Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) reported that at 6:49 AM on September 13, 2019, 16 year old Trevor Bowen was walking along the northbound side of California Street near Tampa Street, when he was struck by a van driven by 64 year old Larry Marsh of Brooksville, who was travelling northbound.   Bowen died at the scene. 

FHP reports that alcohol was not a factor in the accident, though charges are pending.

Couple celebrates 75th wedding anniversary

Reg and Elaine Williams were married shortly after Elaine graduated from high school in 1944.  

Surrounded by their three sons, daughters-in-law and other family members, the couple celebrated their 75th wedding anniversary on Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019.  

Mr. Williams served in the Army Infantry division, and the two married while he was home on leave.  Shortly afterward, he rejoined his fellow service members in the Battle of the Bulge during World War II.

Commissioner Champion asks county to go on record supporting 2nd amendment

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During final comments at the regular meeting on September 10, Commissioner Steve Champion requested the board send a letter in unity to Governor Ron DeSantis stating Hernando County supports the 2nd Amendment of the US Constitution; the right to bear arms. 

Champion said, “We have no say over this, but I think we need to put it on record on what’s happening in our legislation with the state, and with the country regarding our second amendment rights.  Like it or not, (our rights) are under attack.”  

Hernando county commissioners comment on Sept. 11 terrorist attack anniversary


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Sept. 10, 2019- At the end of every Board of County Commissioners meeting, each commissioner is given an opportunity to comment on a topic they choose.  At the end of the BOCC meeting on September 10, 2019,  two commissioners gave their thoughts on the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

Spring Hill residents unhappy about development proposal

Hernando Sun reporter

A large number of area residents gathered in a meeting room at the Northcliffe Baptist Church to learn more about a proposed development for an area on the southeast side of Oak Hill's golf club.  The majority of residents are opposed to the planned subdivision, consisting of 90 home sites with the average home size of 1200 - 1800 square feet.  In a 45-minute Q&A session following the presentation, most in attendance raised concerns about traffic, crime, school overcrowding and effects on property values.

Economic development director updates county commission on projects in the works

Hernando Sun Reporter

Valerie Pianta, Hernando County's Economic Development Director, provided an update regarding economic development activities and initiatives for FY 2019 at the Aug. 27, 2019 Hernando County Commissioners meeting.

Pianta reported that roughly half of her office’s efforts are spent on business retention, expansion and growth within the county.  Roughly 18% of the time is spent recruiting new business into Hernando.