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Letter To The Editor: Thanks due to VanNess

Letter To The Editor: Your ViewThe Chassahowitzka River Keepers would like to commend Officer Matt VanNess, for speaking at our monthly meeting last Tuesday evening.

We are a new grassroots organization that is committed to restoring and preserving the Chaz River and really appreciate the time your officer took to come and answer questions at our community forum.

Reconciling repaving in coming budget

Citrus County Commissioner Jimmie T. Smith, District 3

It's almost budget time for the county, and in that, we have some tough choices to make about how we deal with how much money we collect in taxes and how we spend it.

A look at meaning of 'mixed use'

How to become pro-business

Many people have said “we need you to get business here” and they assume that there is a list of companies we can call and work with to get businesses​, to come.

Veterans and the Veterans Service Office

I want to use this article to talk about an issue that should be addressed as it affects approximately 28,000 veterans and their families -- the issue is our veterans service office.
 
The Veterans Service Office -- what the Veterans Service Office does for us and the challenges that they face in being able to provide services that directly deal with the Federal Veterans Administration, a task that they alone have a unique ability to do above o

Changes needed to Land Development Code to shape future

Internet shopping, drone delivery, self-driving cars, Segways and hover boards, telemedicine, more people working from home -- and so much more -- are changes happening to our world, and whether you like it or not, the millennials and following generations are going to drive these changes inour community.

Impact fee moratorium should stay in place

Why does it matter if impact fees are increased?
 
It should matter to you, the blue collar worker, who works hard for your dollar.
 
With impact fees there is always a chain reaction: if you make it more expensive to build here, people will be less likely to come here at all, which would affect the economy of the county greatly, including your family and their potential earnings.
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Impact fee talks reach critical juncture

Citrus County Commissioner Jimmie T. Smith, District 3Decision time is almost here, and the issue of Impact fees will soon be vetted and decided upon.

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Changing regulations and the culture

Every year government creates more regulations, increases cost to business and comes up with programs that are supposedly there to help, yet what often happens is that government is actually defeating the free market values that is the core of our American way of life, instead of helping.
 
The regulations alone are not the problem, but are exacerbated by the growth of rules that follow and the interpretation of those rules at the lowest level.

The unintended consequences of impact fees

Jimmie T. Smith, Citrus County Commissioner, District 3As a policymaker, I’m frequently questioned on what we as a community can, should and shouldn't do, and the effects of each choice.

Oftentimes, there are “unintended consequences” of our choice, and in the end, we regret the outcome of our decision.

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Impact fees, not maintenance fees

County Commissioner Jimmie T. Smith, District 3At a previous commission meeting, we addressed the issue of Impact Fees.

The majority of people who came before the board had issues of maintenance and even our own presentation suggested we use Impact Fees for debt, to pay for previous projects not specifically correlated to what impact fees are supposed to be used for, which is IMPACT.

Our view: When budgets matter

As we have pointed out in an earlier story, there is some disagreement among Citrus County Commissioners about the upcoming budget finalization on Sept. 27, 2016.

Gridlock keeps Zika funding hostage

I want to talk about Zika with you for a moment, because if there are people out there who aren’t worried about it, they should be.

This is an emergency unfolding in slow motion, but it’s an emergency nonetheless.

Citrus County asks when to expect FEMA aid

EOC Capt. Dave DeCarloCaptain Dave DeCarlo,
Citrus County Director of Emergency Management

Hurricane Hermine left a mark on Citrus County, to say the least.

Now that we have blue skies again, what happens next?

Take the time to reach out to your representatives

Couple of happy updates to share with you all this week.

You may remember that earlier this year I wrote about a small, but nonetheless significant, issue facing many of our residents in southern Spring Hill.

This problem concerns the lack of sidewalk on Quality Drive. Combined with the absence of a crosswalk, handicapped and elderly residents are prevented from having safe access to the hospital and local shopping center.

Dallas PD tragedy should unite America

U.S. Rep. Rich Nugent, 11th Congressional DistrictI spent 38 years in law enforcement.

From patrolling the night shift in a police department in a Chicago suburb to serving as Sheriff of Hernando County in Florida, I have been witness to unimaginable acts by horrendous criminals.

More focus on terrorism, less squabbling

U.S. Rep. Richard NugentA week ago, our neighbors to the east suffered a homegrown terrorist attack.  The shooter was an American citizen.  His father (from Afghanistan) is an open and vocal supporter of the Taliban.

Senate takes aim at military housing allowance

U.S. Rep. Rich Nugent, 11th Congressional District.This past weekend, Wendy and I were helping one of our sons, who is now a Major in the Army, and his young family move into a new house.

Zika funding on Congressional docket

Rich Nugent (R), Brooksville, Member of Congress,11th Congressional DistrictWe’ve got a few big items for you this week:  House passage of the National Defense Authorization Act, the Military Construction/VA appropriations bill and a significant federal resource package to combat the impending Zika threat.

I’ve talked plenty in recent weeks about the Defense Authorization, so I won’t take up your time with it at this time.

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