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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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Floral City Community Building changes owners

The Citrus County Commission on Tuesday handed over the keys to the Floral City Community Building and the land it sits on to the Floral City Lions Foundation, Inc.
 
The Lions have leased the building from the county for about 20 years.
 
The property was given outright to the Lions "for the purpose of promoting community interest and welfare." And the vote to approve the giveaway was 5-0 in favor of the action.
 
John Wade, president of the Citrus County Council, was the only member of the public to question to the transaction,
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TOP VIDEO: Developmental Disabilities Awareness

The Citrus County commission has recognized March 2017 as Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month in Citrus County.
 
Developmental disabilities affect more than seven-million American children, adults and their families; many individuals with developmental disabilities are achieving independence, productivity and integration in their respective communities.
 
The county proclamation adds, "Individuals with developmental disabilities in conjunction with family members, advocacy groups, governmental agencies and service organizations are encouragi

Facing budget pressures, county weighs employee pay options

On the eve of March, Citrus County has begun formulating the Fiscal Year 2017-18 budget, which begins on Oct.
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TOP VIDEO: Inverness-Fire Services pact

The Citrus County Commission voted 4-1, with Commissioner Ron Kitchen voting no, to OK a deal between the county's fire services division and the city of Inverness to enter into an "Automatic and Mutual Aid Agreement." 
 
County commission Chairman Scott Carnahan said the principle of the agreement had already been vetted by the city, sheriff and Fire Services Chief Jim

YMCA Youth in Government Week in Citrus County

The Board of County Commissioners is pictured with representatives of the Citrus County YMCA Youth in Government program. (February 14, 2017)
The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners have proclaimed the week of Feb. 20-24 as YMCA Youth in Government Week.
 
Citrus County YMCA stands firmly committed to promoting and inspiring the next generation of citizen servant leaders through experiential learning with the YMCA’s Youth in Government program. 
 
The Youth in Government delegates learn the inner workings of state and local government, which helps to guide and inspire them in their future goals and career paths.
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TOP VIDEO: Chassahowitzka Camping

The Citrus County Commission has stopped the Request for Proposal for the administration of the Chassahowitzka Campground and decided to extend the current contract for an additional five years.

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Smith named chair of workforce consortium

OCALA -- Citrus County Commissioner Jimmie T. Smith has been named chairman of the Citrus Levy Marion Regional Workforce Consortium.
 
Smith, of Inverness, served as a member of the Florida House of Representatives from 2010-2016 and is a US Army veteran whose 20 years included Operation Desert Storm.
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Water supply authority honors Damato

Nick Nicholson, right, Hernando County Commissioner and WRWSA Vice-Chairman, recognizes Commissioner Emeritus Dennis Damato
By Cynthia Oswald,
BOCC Public Information Officer
 
Citrus County Commissioner and BOCC Chairman Scott Carnahan will continue to represent Citrus County on the Withlacoochee Regional Water Supply Authority in 2017, along with newcomer Commissioner Jeff Kinnard

Citrus County makes investment in tourism

The Citrus County Commission has raised the county’s 3 percent Tourism Development Tax (TDT) to 5 percent

By Cynthia Oswald,
BOCC Public Information Officer

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) made a big investment in tourism this week.

Commissioners voted on Tuesday to raise the county’s current 3 percent Tourism Development Tax (TDT) to 5 percent.

Teaching old dogs new tricks

CCA inmates are given the opportunity to work with dogs which are homeless or have been abandoned by their families.
By Cynthia Oswald,
BOCC Public Information Officer
 
The Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) Inmate Dog Training Program gives both the inmates and dogs participating in the program, a new “paw-spective” on life.
 
In partnership with Citrus County Animal Services, select dogs are chosen to participate in an eight-week basic obedience program a
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Kitchen elected VP of Tampa regional council

Cynthia Oswald,
BOCC Public Information Officer
 

Citrus County Commissioner Ron Kitchen

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County names new Engineering Division director

Randall S. Olney
By Cynthia Oswald,
BOCC Public Information Officer
 
Citrus County Department of Public Works has named Randall S. Olney, P.E., as the new Engineering Division Director.
 
Olney started in his new position on Monday.
 
Olney graduated from University of Florida with a Master’s Degree in Business Administration and a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering.
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Markers installed at Hells Gate in Homosassa

Citrus County has been working closely with the United States Coast Guard for the past several months to improve the navigational waterways of the Homosassa River.

One of the improvements suggested was to install “informational” markers at Hells Gate notifying boaters of the narrow channel ahead.

On Wednesday, Citrus County completed the installation of these “informational” markers. New pilings and signs were installed on both ends of Hells Gate to notify boaters of the narrow channel ahead.

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Citrus County legislative delegation hears public input

Citrus County Commission Chairman Scott Carnahan, foreground, right, speaks to state Rep. Ralph Massullo, background left, and state Sen. Wilton Simpson.
Citrus County's Legislative delegation convened on Friday in the County Commission's chambers to hear suggestions about how they can help county groups and individuals during their terms in the state Legislature.
 
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Nugent honors county veterans

Al Harrison, Constituent Liaison for Congressman Rich Nugent, presents a Certificate of Appreciation to Citrus County Veterans Service Officer Kimberly Menster on behalf of the congressman during a ceremony at the Citrus County Courthouse in Inverness. The certificate recognizes the office’s hard work and dedication to the veterans of Citrus County. (December 22, 2016)
Al Harrison, Constituent Liaison for Congressman Rich Nugent, presents a Certificate of Appreciation to Citrus County Veterans Service Officer Kimberly Menster on behalf of the congressman during a ceremony at the Citrus County Courthouse in Inverness. 
 
The certificate recognizes the office’s hard work and dedication to the veterans of Citrus County. (December 22, 2016)
 
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City firefighter earns state distinction

FROM LEFT: Fire Chief Joe Campfield, Gronn Morgan, Inverness Firefighter, Mike Tucker, Director of BFST and Charlie Frank, Coordinator with BFST. (December 20, 2016)
Inverness, Fla.
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BOCC honors utilities dept. for EPA award

The Board of County Commissioners is pictured with representatives of the Citrus County Utilities and the Water Resources Department.

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners on Nov. 15 acknowledged receipt of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Promotional Partner of the Year award for Citrus County Utilities’ water conservation program at their regular meeting.
 
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognized Citrus County Utilities with a 2016 WaterSense Partner of the Year Award as a leader in saving water for future generations. Citrus County Utilities was honored at the WaterSmart Innovations Conference on Oct. 6 for promoting water efficiency and WaterSense in 2015.
 

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BOCC: Farm-City Week Nov. 16-23

The Board of County Commissioners is pictured with representatives of the Hernando-Citrus County Farm Bureau. (PHOTO: Cynthia Oswald, BOCC Public Information Officer on Nov. 15, 2016)

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners on Nov. 15 presented a Proclamation proclaiming Nov. 16-23, 2016 as National Farm-City Week in Citrus County. 

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Road resurfacing issue paves way for discussion

Scarcely had three new county commissioners taken the oath of office and been seated on Tuesday than Citrus Springs residents brought complaints to the open to the public portion of the commission meeting accusing the county of not doing enough to repave their residential roads.

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