Government

Supervisor of Election's Budget Funded

Hernando Sun Staff

Supervisor of Elections, Shirley Anderson, explained her fiscal year 2015-2016 budget at the September 3rd budget hearing and warned Commissioners that not properly funding the office could have negative consequences beyond the county and the state. After not much comment by the Commission, the Board decided to provide her with the $1,247,539 she requested for her office at the final hearing on September 22nd.

Commission May Fund Sheriff's Budget Increase Through Sheriff's Excess Fees and Fines

HCSO

Sheriff Al Nienhuis presented his case to the BOCC for the $770,000 net increase to his budget at the first budget hearing on September 3rd. No increase for the Sheriff can come from property taxes, as Commissioners agreed to not raise the millage rate this year. At the end of each fiscal year, the Sheriff’s Office returns a certain amount of excess fees and fines to the County. The Commission voted 4-1 for Assistant County Administrator Zoettlein to discuss with the Sheriff’s Office the dollar amount that is being returned to county from the Sheriff’s Office for FY 2015.

Voters Pass Half Cent Sales Tax in Special Election

Submitted by admin on Wed, 09/09/2015 - 8:15am

Hernando County School District

BROOKSVILLE – Hernando County voters approved the return of a one-half cent sales tax Sept. 8th 2015. The return of the sales tax means that starting in January 2016, the district will receive approximately $8 million per year that will be used for repairs to school facilities, maintenance, and capital improvements.

Half Cent Sales Tax Special Election Approaching and Millage Rate Increase

Hernando Sun Staff

In 2014, the school board partnered with the county under the Penny for Projects sales surtax referendum, in order to establish a one cent sales surtax, 50% of which would have gone to the school district. The plan was to use a large part of the school district’s proceeds for tablets and technology: $62,395,000 out of roughly $87 million collected over the ten year time period. The school board had considered this to be an extension of the previous half cent sales surtax which was in place for ten years and expired on December 31, 2014.

Environmentally Sensitive Lands Committee Re-Established with Caveat

Little Withlacoochee Riverine Corridor Project

The Hernando County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) dissolved the Environmentally Sensitive Lands Committee, then they re-established it.

The Environmentally Sensitive Land (ESL) Program was created in 1988, when voters approved a referendum levying one tenth of a mill for 30 years for the acquisition and management of environmentally sensitive lands. The levy ended prematurely in 2011. In 2012, a continuation of the levy was put on the ballot, but was rejected by voters. There is currently $6.1 million in the ESL fund.

Commission Holds Tentative General Fund Millage Rate at 6.9912

Hernando Sun Staff

The County Commission decided to hold the general fund millage rate at 6.9912 going into budget hearings for FY 2016. This means that they will not be able to raise the millage rate during the public hearings, only lower it or keep it the same. During the budgeting process, the Sheriff’s Office and Supervisor of Elections will most likely face cuts to their proposed budgets as both offices had significant increases over their FY 2015 budgets.

Tentative Millage Rate Set for City of Brooksville

Hernando Sun Staff

The current City of Brooksville millage rate is at 6.6962. The Brooksville City Council set the tentative millage rate at 7.000. They reasoned that this will provide them with flexibility as health insurance rates are expected to increase between 12 and 15% for the upcoming fiscal year. One mil is one dollar per thousand dollars in property value. So a $150,000 home with a $50,000 homestead exemption would be paying $700 in property taxes if the millage rate is set at 7.

William Kemerer Chosen to Serve on Brooksville City Council, Natalie Kahler now Vice Mayor

Hernando Sun Staff

William Kemerer was chosen by Council members to fill seat 3 on the Brooksville City Council, formerly occupied by Joe Johnston III, who sadly passed away in July. Kemerer was chosen from a strong group of 6 candidates who submitted their resume and statement for consideration to fill the position. The candidates were Pat Brayton, Vivian Coogler, Steven Martinez, William Kemerer, Richard Lilliston and Ruby McGeehan. After Mr. Kemerer was sworn in, Council member Natalie Kahler was voted in to serve as Vice Mayor.

County Commission Dissolves Environmentally Sensitive Lands Committee

The Environmentally Sensitive Land (ESL) Program was created in 1988, when voters approved a referendum levying one tenth of a mill for 30 years for the acquisition and management of environmentally sensitive lands. The levy ended prematurely in 2011. In 2012, a continuation of the levy was put on the ballot, but was rejected by voters. Commissioner Wayne Dukes put an item on the agenda for the July 28th meeting to discuss the ESL program.

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