County's First FY 2021 Public Budget Hearing

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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 Beach Seafood Receives Zoning Clarification

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After a 3-2 vote by the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) on August 25, 2020, Hernando Beach Seafood prevailed in a ruling that will allow the business to use fishing gear, bait and use crab traps on their vessels. Chairman Mitten and Vice Chairman Allocco voted no to interpret the use of fishing gear, bait and crab traps as permissible use of the property. 

Slight increase for trash pickup services

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Citing dramatic performance improvements on the part of Republic Services, the Board of County Commissioners voted unanimously to increase service rates for residential solid waste collection.  The increases per agenda item documents are as follows:

a. Mandatory Areas (within MSBU) will increase to $13.55 per month. (0.28 increase per month)
b. Non-Mandatory Areas (outside MSBU) will increase to $13.78 per month. (0.29 increase per month)

The new rates take effect in 2021.

Hernando Beach Shrimp Distributor Acquires Special Exception Use Permit

The Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) voted unanimously at the regular meeting on Tuesday July 28, 2020 to approve the Special Exception application submitted by S & T Boat Repair and Bait.  The business is located on the west side of Shoal Line Boulevard, approximately 670 feet north of Bluefish Drive in Hernando Beach.