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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.

Brooksville council members leave 'all options on table' to improve budget outlook

The budget before the Brooksville City Council on Sept. 5, 2017 is the “stepping stone” for council to make the necessary changes in order to preserve the “long term stability of the city of Brooksville,” explained Interim City Manager Lyndon Bonner.

“We’ve listened to what the experts have told us. We’ve listened to what the citizens said and we’ve acted upon all the input of the professionals. It has yielded you a document I’m very proud to say works from all the perspectives I can come up with,” Bonner continued.

4x in 5 years: Monster Transmission makes Inc. 5000 list

Making Inc. Magazine’s 5000 list is quite an accomplishment, but doing it for 4 times within 5 years is an even bigger one.

Businesses apply to be listed, but only the fastest growing companies in America make the cut. This is determined by a number of factors including gross sales over a three year time period (which cannot be under $1 million) and employee count. The figures submitted are certified by a CPA.

Status of county parks

by Hernando Co. Gov.

(Brooksville, FL) The Hernando County Parks and Recreation Department has worked diligently to cleanup parks to prepare them for use. Below is a schedule of re-openings.

Anderson Snow is open

Veterans Park is open

Bayport Park is open

Delta Woods Park is open

Jenkins Creek Fishing Pier is open

Rotary Centennial Dog Park is open

Pine Island Park will be open Friday, September 15, 2017; fees will not be collected until Monday September 18

Hernando County prepares for evacuations

by Hernando County Gov.

(Brooksville, FL) The Hernando County Executive Policy Group issued a mandatory evacuation order for coastal zones A and B, and mobile homes countywide. Shelters will open at 2 p.m., Friday, September 8, 2017, for residents in these zones. Go to http://hernandocounty.us/em/ documents/maps/8-evacuation- zones-and-routes/file to find the location of your zone.

Coastal flooding, surge and wind are predicted to be the biggest threats from Hurricane Irma.

Hurricane Irma Update

SITUATION
Irma remains a strong Category 4 storm with winds of 155 mph, and is moving west-northwest at 16 mph. The projected track of the storm has slightly west.

The Hurricane Watch has been extended to include Manatee County southward to Lee County. Hernando County is not in the watch area at this time, but this may
change today. Southeast and Southwest Florida are now under a Hurricane Warning.

Sandbag distribution sites suspended

by Hernando Co. Gov

(Brooksville, FL) We are quickly depleting our sandbag supplies and are projecting to use upwards of 30,000 sandbags just today. Projecting this trend, sandbag distribution operations will be suspended at 4 p.m. today, some sites will be depleted sooner. We will resume operations once additional supplies are received, which is expected to occur Friday, September 7. An announcement will be sent once operations resume.

More than 80,000 bags have been distributed since Wednesday at 8 a.m.

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