The University of Florida’s Bureau of Economic and Business Research (BEBR), under contractual agreement with the State of Florida, conducts annual population estimates. The population estimate produced by BEBR in turn is “one factor used in determining the distribution of state revenue-sharing funds…”
BEBR requested county staff to verify population estimates for Hernando County and the unincorporated portions of Hernando County as of April 1, 2017. The April 1, 2017, permanent population estimate for the County is 181,878, and the permanent population estimate for the unincorporated County is 173,799. These numbers reflect a trend of population growth. The estimates used for state revenue sharing calculations subtracts inmate population from the preliminary population estimate.
In reviewing the estimates, the Planning Department found them to be “reasonably correct.” If for some reason the county/planning department had not found them to be reasonably correct, then the county has the option to challenge the estimate by providing an alternative estimate along with supporting documentation.