Commission to Consider Bid by Hartland Homes

An agenda item that was not heard during the previous (October 22, 2019) Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) meeting and generated provocative reports in traditional and social media was finally heard and discussed at the November 5, 2019 meeting.  After the legal department deemed the action appropriate and proper, the board voted unanimously to approve consideration of the offer submitted by Hartland Homes to purchase six parcels of land currently owned by the county.  The bid for the parcels is $408,000.

BOCC approves update to tree permit exemption standards

(Brooksville, FL) On October 22, 2019, the Hernando County Board of County Commissioners adopted an ordinance amendment to Chapter 10, Article II and Chapter 23, Article IV to update standards for tree permit exemptions. These updates were required to comply with the recent changes to the Florida Statutes made by the Legislation during the past Legislative session.

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

Interfund Loans to Ease Shortages

Budget Director Stephanie Russ introduced the policy revision (No. 29-01) that allows for Interfund Loans.  Put simply, a budget fund with a shortage could borrow from another fund. Such a policy will prevent the necessity to secure external loans, which are accompanied by interest and fees.   This has been common practice, however an official policy has never been written. This policy was approved by the board unanimously.

Unanimous vote to maintain current millage

Hernando County Government

At the September 6, 2016 tentative budget hearing, the Hernando County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) voted to maintain its existing 6.9912 millage rate and approved a tentative budget of $399,219,825. The final budget hearing will be held September 20, 2016, 5:01 p.m., at the Government Center located at 20 N. Main Street in Brooksville.

Born to Win's vision built on faith, cupcakes and candy apples

On 06/13/16, the Planning & Zoning Commission heard a petition from Tammy Willis of Born to Win Community Development Corporation (BTWCDC) for a Special Use Exception of a parcel on Josephine Street for use as a Community Center. BTWCDC has provided mentoring, counseling, and tutoring for many years, but wanted to expand their services in a new location.

County donates property to National Association of Mental Illness

SPRINGHILL- Next to the Health Department building on Forest Oaks Boulevard is an empty lot that used to be a wastewater treatment facility. The facility has been torn down and part of the land is in use as a parking lot for the Health Department.

Hernando Property Management attorney Paul Molle’ explained that the local chapter of National Association of Mental Illness (NAMI) has contacted the County with an offer to buy the property for $8,000. Molle’ admitted that amount is lower than the value of the property, but a portion has already been converted to a parking lot.

Nicholson: county has "no control" of prescribed burning

During the time allotted for citizen comments at the 5/10/16 BOCC meeting, Jim King was taken to task for scheduling another prescribed burning in Cypress Lakes Preserve. Shirley Miketinac referred to the 5/6/16 Hernando Sun interview with King in which he stated that the oaks did not belong at Cypress Lakes, and more longleaf pines were needed. King also discussed the process and benefits of burning in the article, but Miketinac rebutted this, citing sources that explained that burns were actually more destructive than productive.