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.

Register to Vote by August 10th to vote in September 8th Special Election

Supervisor of Elections

Monday, August 10, 2015 is the last day to register to vote if you plan on voting in the 2015 Special Election. The Election is scheduled for September 8, 2015. Applications are available at the Supervisor of Elections office, public libraries, county offices, city halls or state agencies that provide public assistance. Applications are also available on the Supervisor of Elections website at

County Welcomes Commercial Jet Retrofitting Company to Airport

Hernando Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) has approved a lease agreement at Brooksville-Tampa Bay Regional Airport to Project TAS (Transportation Aviation Services), a company that retrofits commercial aircraft for corporate or head of state use. The lease agreement provides TAS with a 3 year payment incentive with a total value of $377,028. Funds are available through the economic improvement fund and will be paid directly to the airport.

Fire MSBU Budget Increases 3% per Year for Next 5

The Board of County Commissioners heard hours of comment from concerned citizens regarding the Hernando County Fire Rescue MSBU assessment increases.

Attempting to quell the oncoming storm, Chairman Nicholson stated,
“Before we get started we had to advertise in the newspaper, correct me if I’m wrong, what the maximum rates could be. By law that’s what we have to do… I don’t believe anybody on the board wants to do that, but it’s what we had to advertise.”


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