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County OK's Inglis garbage intake

The Citrus County Commission on Tuesday approved F.D.S. Disposal, Inc.'s request for the import of about 340 tons of solid waste generated from Inglis.

The agreement would allow F.D.S.to execute a solid waste disposal agreement to dispose of the town's solid waste at the county landfill.

The contract would run through Sept. 30, for the import of the waste, at the rate of $40 per ton.

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County OK's Fiscal Year 2015 budget

The Citrus County Commission on Tuesday approved the Fiscal Year 2015 budget of $230,723,398.

That figure is a 12 percent decrease of $262,586,233, and a 4 percent derease from the total budget - excluding disputed taxes of $239,743,093 in FY 2014 by Duke Energy.

The 2014 budget anticipated an underpayment by Duke Energy of almost $25 million.

The countywide millage rates for FY 2015 are:

County commission votes 3-2 to buy Meadowcrest building

West Citrus Goverment Center (Meadowcrest Building)The Citrus County Commission on Tuesday voted 3-2 to buy the Meadowcrest Building that serves as the West Government Complex.

Opposing the $3,300,000 purchase of the building were Commissioner Scott Adams and Commissioner Rebecca Bays.

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Long-range transportation plan moves forward

The Citrus County Commission today agreed to move forward with its part of the Hernando-Citrus County MPO master long-range transportation plan.

Bluebird Springs to become home to county dog park


The Board of County Commissioners invites the public and dogs to attend the grand opening of the County’s first Dog Park at Bluebird Springs Park in Homosassa.

This event will take place at 9:30 a.m. on Sept. 25 at the park, located at 8950 W. Bluebird Springs Lane in Homosassa.

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Animal shelter limits intake of animals


Citrus County Animal Services continues to be over capacity and will only accept owner surrendered animals when space is available.

Residents are asked to call 746-8400 during normal business hours prior to bringing your pet to the shelter to inquire about surrendering your pet.

Pet owners are encouraged, and should, ask friends and family for help in finding caring homes for their pets they no longer wish to keep or care for, county officials have said.

Top Video: CMH lease overview, Part 1


Debbie Ressler, Citrus County Hospital Board Chairwoman, and CCHB Attorney Bill Grant explain the details of a lease of Citrus Memorial Hospital to Hospital Corporation of America.

The CCHB, Citrus Memorial Health Foundation, HCA and the county commission are also asking the state Attorney General for legal rulings regarding the sale of hospital real  (personal) property to HCA - such as medicine, bandages and furniture.

Citronelle recycling drop-off center closed


The Citrus County Division of Solid Waste Management reports that, effective immediately, the Citronelle Recycling Drop-off Collection Center, located on West Dunklin Street in Citronelle, is closed.

The closure is due to the high incidence of illegal dumping at that site.

Residents in that area wishing to recycle are reminded that the nearest recycling center is the Citrus Springs Recycling Drop-off Collection Center, located just off Citrus Springs Boulevard, one-half mile from US 41, in Citrus Springs.

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County votes 4-1 to join in seeking A/G opinion


The Citrus County Commission on Tuesday voted 4-1 to join in seeking an Attorney General's Opinion regarding the lease of the Citrus Memorial Hospital in Inverness.

Commissioner Rebecca Bays voted against joining in the request for the opinion, in which the Citrus County Hospital Board, Citrus Memorial Health Foundation and HCA are already on board.

Sen. Dean appears before PSC in Tallahassee


Senator Charles Dean (R-Inverness) appeared on Thursday before the Florida Public Service Commission’s special meeting to address the Duke Energy Meter Rerouting issue.

Senator Dean appeared at the meeting after sending a letter last week to the Commission laying out his concerns.

“I want to thank Chairman Graham and the Public Service Commission for calling this special meeting today,” Senator Dean said. 

County issues local mitigation report


As part of Citrus County’s continued participation in the Community Rating System Program, the annual evaluation of flood related mitigation actions identified in the Local Mitigation Strategy has been prepared by the Department of Planning And Development.

This evaluation is a part of the documentation to be presented and reviewed by the Citrus County Board of County Commissioners at their regularly scheduled meeting on Sept. 23.  
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Sen. Dean asks PSC to consider Duke Energy meter policy


Sen. Charlie Dean on Tuesday expressed his concern with the Duke Energy meter rerouting program in Central and Western Florida.

Sen. Dean sent a letter to Public Service Commission Chairman Art Graham on Tuesday outlining his concerns.

“As I have read news article after article where consumers are having to pay an exorbitant additional charge through no fault of their own, due to a decision made by Duke Energy which has extended the billing cycle for some customers by over a week,” Dean wrote.

Kenney ousted, Webb defeated in commission races


The Citrus County Commission race on Tuesday saw Commissioner John "JJ" Kenney unseated by former Crystal River Mayor Ron Kitchen in the District 2 race.

And in the District 4 race, former Commissioner Winn Webb, who had stepped down earlier in a bid for the Citrus County Sheriff's job, was also a primary election victim, as county voters showed they preferred his opponent Scott Carnahan.

In November, Kitchen will face Michael “Joey” White, who has no party affiliation.

County hands out employee service awards


The Citrus County Commission at its regular board meeting on Tuesday presented service awards to county employees.

Below is the list of the awards, and names of the recipients of the awards.

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  • Casey Stephens-Solid Waste Director, Solid Waste Division of the Department of Public Works

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Selection of new administrator must wait for elections


Citrus County will have to wait for the selection of a new county administrator until after the elections.

County commissioners on Tuesday opted to wait until Sept. 12 to hear the final chapters in the selection of a new county administrator.

Animal activists protest state of county animal shelter


The Citrus County Commission meeting chambers were clogged on Tuesday with a number of animal activists protesting the lack of a full-time veterinarian and what they said were deplorable conditions at the shelter.

All had prepare statements they read before county commissioners outlining their complaints.
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Prescription drug savings available for residents


The NACo Prescription (Free) Discount Card is provided to residents in a joint effort between Citrus County and the National Association of Counties (NACo). County residents without prescription coverage can use this program.

Even if an individual has prescription insurance coverage, they may still benefit from the discount card since it may save money on prescriptions that your existing plan does not cover.

Just remember to present the card when you pick up your prescription to get the best possible price available.

Top Video: 2015 Budget talks begin


Citrus County commissioners voice their perspectives about the county's preliminary budget for Fiscal Year 2015.

The new fiscal year begins on Oct. 1.

The proposed budget for Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 is $230,723,398 which is a 12 percent decrease of $262,586,233, and a 4 percent decrease from the total budget - excluding disputed taxes of $239,743,093 in FY 2014 by Duke Energy. The 2014 budget anticipated an underpayment by Duke Energy of almost $25 million

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Top Video: FY 2015 Budget Presented


The Citrus County Commission has been presented with the Fiscal Year 2015 preliminary budget. 

In this video, the basic philosophy has been laid out by outgoing County Administrator and outgoing Management and Budget Director Cathy Taylor. Thorpe retires on Aug. 1 and Taylor on Aug. 4.

Thorpe laid out a budget that leaves the county in the black. The commissioners will have until Sept. 11 to study it before they next meet on Sept. 11 to discuss the tentative budget at 5:01 p.m. during their regular meeting.

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Commission gets first look at preliminary budget


Citrus County Commissioners on Wednesday got their first look at the preliminary budget for Fiscal Year 2015.

The budget was presented by outgoing County Administrator Brad Thorpe, who retires Aug. 1, and Management and Budget Director Cathy Taylor, who retires on Aug. 4.

What happens next to the budget will be up to the commissioners to decide.

Thorpe told the commissioners the budget has been stabilized despite ongoing challenges. And, he said, property values show signs of strengthening after a five-year decline.

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