Property Assessed Clean Energy loan program discontinued

The BOCC voted 3-2 at the regular meeting on May 26, 2020 to discontine the Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) loan program in Hernando County.

The program came under fire recently and was featured on WFLA Channel 8’s “8 on your Side,” with two segments shown during the meeting.   Commissioner Jeff Holcomb opened the discussion by describing problematic aspects of the program.

Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR)

At the April 28th Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) meeting, Clerk of Court Doug Chorvat introduced the presentation of the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR), which was conducted by Purvis Gray & Company, LLP.   Mark White of Purvis Gray introduced the overall audit results to the board, which essentially established that all accounting procedures were followed in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP).  

According to Purvis Gray, at the close of September 30, 2019, the County’s Financial Highlights include:

Weeki Wachee legal debt to be addressed after bill passes says county administrator

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The Florida auditor general in 2014 found that the city of Weeki Wachee had $1,164,963 in total liabilities.  The majority of the liability stems from a legal services bill from the city attorney, McGee & Mason, P.A. This bill has made it difficult to dissolve the city, because at that point the county would become liable for the city's bills.

County still has questions on Aquatic Preserve bill

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The Board of County Commissioners  (BOCC) discussed the proposed Legislative bill creating a Nature Coast Aquatic Preserve, and what it means for the future of local decision-making and state funding.  Hernando county has several state-funded aquatics projects already pending, and the future of those were also discussed.

License agreement approved for Weeki Wachee dredging project

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At the Jan. 28, 2020 Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) meeting, the county voted 4-0 to approve the license agreement between the county and Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD)  for the Weeki Wachee River dredging project. If funding is approved, dredging could begin in the spring of 2021. Commissioner Jeff Holcomb was absent during this meeting. 

BOCC Approves Public/Private Partnership for Operation of Chinsegut Hill

(Brooksville, FL) At its January 28, 2020, regular meeting, the Board of County Commissioners unanimously voted to approve public/private partnerships between Hernando County Government, the Tampa Bay History Center and Mid Florida Community Services, Inc. to enter into license agreements for the use and operation of specified portions of the historic Chinsegut Hill property located at 22495 Chinsegut Hill Road in Brooksville.

BOCC Approves HCFR Collective Bargaining Agreement

Collective bargaining meetings are exempt from the “Sunshine Law.”  These are contract negotiation meetings that are closed to the public and not televised.  County Fire Rescue (HCFR) Chief Scott Hechler introduced the agreement that he and his staff have been working on for close to a year.  It was approved unanimously by the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) at the regular January 14, 2020 meeting.

Developers postpone Rezoning Application for Powell Rd Property

The BOCC voted 4-1 at the regular meeting on Tuesday, January 14, 2020 to postpone the application of Sycamore Engineering and J.D. Alsabbagh to rezone the parcel located at Powell Road and Raines Road from agricultural (AG) to a planned development project (PDP).

The applicant postponed with the intention of modifying the application to bolster their position in a future meeting.

Commissioner Steve Champion voted against the measure.