Local News

Hernando County considers TheBus expansion

by LISA MACNEIL
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At the August 13, 2019 Board of County Commissioners regular meeting,  Planning Director Ron Pianta introduced the update to the Hernando County Transit Development Plan (TDP), which is updated every five years, and proposed a plan for the next ten years.  The board voted 5-0 to approve the plan, and to submit to the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) no later than September 1, 2019.

School district proposed budget and millage rates for FY 2019-2020

HERNANDO SUN STAFF REPORT -  The first public budget hearing for the school district was held on July 30, 2019. At this meeting the following tentative millage rates were approved unanimously as well as the proposed budget.

The proposed total tentative millage of 6.163 mills approved at the first public budget hearing is more than the Rolled-Back rate by .88%.  The millage and revenues earned from the millage are broken down in the charts below.

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. 

County plans to buy more property to ease Hernando Beach boat ramp parking congestion

by LISA MACNEIL
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The Board of County Commissioners voted 4-1 at the July 30, 2019 meeting to pursue purchasing two additional properties near the Hernando Beach boat ramp to remedy the parking congestion seen when the two existing parking lots are full.  Commissioner John Mitten was the one opposing vote, citing the expenditure of $1 million in Park Impact Fees on only one project.

One mill increase to pay for $8 million deficit

JULY 30, 2019- It was a close and contentious vote, but the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) voted 3-2 to increase the proposed millage rate advertised on the TRIM by 1 mill, which equates to a 14.51% increase in taxes, that promises to fix the county’s deficit, which now stands at around $8,000,000.

Commissioners Steve Champion and Wayne Dukes voted against the increase.

A survey of economic development in the city of Brooksville

By ROCCO MAGLIO
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There are a number of construction projects either underway or in the planning stages in the city of Brooksville. The permit valuation from October 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019 was around $19 million. There were 111 residential permits during that time valued at more than $15 million. There were 70 commercial permits valued at more than $3 million. There were two demolition permits which removed around $550,000 in value. 

County IT Services moved to Clerk / Comptroller's Office

By LISA MACNEIL 
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With some hesitation, the Board of County Commissioners voted 5-0 to approve an Interlocal Agreement to eliminate the county’s IT (Information Technology) department, and move control of IT from the County Administrator’s office to the Clerk of Court / Comptroller’s Office.

The plan is expected to save the county approximately $300,000 per year after the first year, according to County Administrator Jeff Rogers.  The reduced savings in the first year is attributed to paying out benefits and accrued time. 

Fuller Center’s First Home for a Hernando Family in Need Breaks Ground

On Saturday, July 20, 2019, on a secluded, wooded lot in a Weeki Wachee neighborhood, a relatively new-to-the-area nonprofit organization dedicated to providing affordable workforce housing broke ground on their first residential construction project.  Alongside several community members, local businesses and elders from Community Church in the Wildwood, The Fuller Center for Housing Nature Coast (FCHNC) ceremoniously began construction on a new home for a family in need in Hernando County.