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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 www.hernandovotes.com.

The Arc Nature Coast Celebrates the Opening of their Neff Lake Group Home

The Arc Nature Coast recently opened a new 6 bedroom group home on their 30 acre Neff Lake Campus. They were awarded a $350,000 grant through the Florida Housing Finance Corporation for the construction of the home built by Palmwood Construction and originally designed by PAR drafting. They also received supplemental SHIP funding through the Hernando County Housing Authority. The Arc Nature Coast has been serving intellectually and developmentally challenged individuals and their families in Hernando County since 1973.

SWFWMD Headquarters Not Moving to Tampa Yet, but Resources Are

On July 17th, Robert Beltran sent another memo to SWFWMD employees explaining that the Headquarters of SWFWMD will not be moved to Tampa due to the ample feedback they received from cities, counties and organizations against the move. Beltran wrote, “After completion of our budget process and further discussions with our Business Plan consultant, local officials and community leaders, staff concurs with the Governing Board’s action to approve the Business Plan except for the designation of the District headquarters.”

McDonalds on Mariner Closed Due to Electrical Fire

Hernando Sun Staff

Fire Rescue arrived at the McDonalds located at 4166 Mariner Blvd in Spring Hill this afternoon at 2:22pm. They found a fire contained to a kitchen fryer and the situation was quickly mitigated. Two civilians were injured in the fire, with one being transported to the hospital for smoke inhalation. There was kitchen contamination due to the discharge of the fire extinguisher. The restaurant will be closed due to the extensive clean up needed. An electrical short in the kitchen fryer was found to cause the incident.

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