Government

County moving forward with home repair HUD grant

On Sept. 26, 2017, The Board of County Commissioners unanimously approved Chairman Wayne Dukes to sign an agreement in association with a federal Housing and Urban Development Grant. The grant is specifically for the repair or demolition of owner occupied single family housing benefitting low to moderate income individuals. One of the conditions of the grant is that any property owner who applies for the grant funding must carry flood insurance if their property is located within a floodplain.

Appeals court dismisses City of Brooksville annexations case

In March 2017, Fifth Judicial Circuit Judge Donald Scaglione ruled in favor of the county in their lawsuit against the City of Brooksville regarding 5 property annexations, invalidating the annexations. The City of Brooksville pursued an appeal with the Fifth District Court of Appeal, filing in April 2017. The appeals court ultimately dismissed the case on August 25, 2017, maintaining Judge Scaglione’s ruling invalidating the annexations.

Higgenbotham Auctioneers approved to provide realtor and marketing agent services to county

During the regular Aug. 8, 2017, meeting the Board of County Commissioners voted 5-0 to revise existing ordinances pertaining to the lease or sale of county-owned property, which allows for the county to employ a real estate or other agency in order to sell or lease county property.

County to remove storm debris on private property; may be funded from reserves

At the Sept. 26, 2017 Board of County Commissioners regular meeting, Chairman Wayne Dukes moved the agenda item regarding storm debris to the first topic of discussion. Mr. Dukes explained the reason for the agenda modification was to save time, and to “get this thing moving right now.”

Few law firms answer to represent Brooksville

The Brooksville City Council was disappointed in the number of law firms responding to a recent Request for Proposal (RFP). Earlier this year, Brooksville’s existing legal representation, The Hogan Law Firm, announced their intent to resign.

Mayor Robert Battista began the discussion, updating the council and public that a total of three firms responded, but only one met all of the RFP requirements. It is up to the discretion of the City Council to waive the requirements.

County plans for 7% general fund budget increase and 1% millage rate decrease

Hernando County Budget Manager Pamela Lee updated the Board of County Commissioners ( BOCC) at the Sept. 19 meeting with regard to a tentative budget and millage rate reduction. The first budget hearing was held later that day.

Last year the general fund portion of the budget was $103,585,994.

“We didn’t have to cut anyone’s budget,” Ms. Lee said as she showed the figures of the $111,192,906 general fund budget. This amount is roughly 7% greater than FY2017 budget.

The budget includes:

• A 1/10 millage rate reduction: $793,016

County plans for 7% general fund budget increase and 1% millage rate decrease

Hernando County Budget Manager Pamela Lee updated the Board of County Commissioners ( BOCC) at the Sept. 19 meeting with regard to a tentative budget and millage rate reduction. The first budget hearing was held later that day.
Last year the general fund portion of the budget was $103,585,994.

“We didn’t have to cut anyone’s budget,” Ms. Lee said as she showed the figures of the $111,192,906 general fund budget. This amount is roughly 7% greater than FY2017 budget.

The budget includes:

Wall of Honor unveiled at Supervisor of Elections office in Spring Hill

Shirley Anderson Supervisor of Elections for Hernando County, unveiled a Wall of Honor dedicated to veterans and those actively serving in the military on Tuesday, August 29, 2017 at the Supervisor of Elections Office in Spring Hill. The wall features murals, photographs and short biographies of men and women in the military both past and present. The mural was created by Patricia Rummel who was brought to tears as she revealed the wall to the roughly 20 people in attendance.

Brooksville City Council sorts through City Manager applicants

During a special meeting on Aug. 28, 2017, the Brooksville City Council had a brief discussion on applicants for the city manager position. There was “extraordinarily good complements of candidates to consider,” said Lyndon Bonner, Interim City Manager. Council Members settled on 5 candidates out of the 18 who had sent in applications.

The short list consisted of:

Arrington, Amy E
Cannon, Bill Ed
Kutney, Mark A.
Walker, Dale M.
Whitson, William R.

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