Public rebuffs county's $335 million repaving price tag

Citrus County Commissioner Dennis Damato.The public got its dander up at Tuesday's Citrus County Commission meeting.

When commissioners revealed that the county needed $335 million to pave residential roads, members of the public spoke loudly and en masse.


County grapples with fire funding

FROM LEFT: Commissioners Joe Meek; Ron Kitchen; Scott Adams; Scott Carnahan and Dennis Damato.The Citrus County Commission on Tuesday voted 4-1 to proceed with the creation of a special taxing district to help fund fire services in the unincorporated portion of Citrus County.

The Inverness City Council on Monday voted to no longer participate in the county's MSBU, which helps fund personnel and equipment for the county's fire service, which falls under the Citrus County Sheriff's Office.


County won't move Inverness veterans memorials

War memorials in Inverness FloridaIf the unanimous vote today of the Citrus County Commission is any indicator, plans to move veterans memorials from the front of the Historic Old Courthouse in Inverness aren't going anywhere.

Commissioners voted 5-0 to not go ahead with moving the memorials to the back of the courthouse, where some groups had lobbied for the landmarks to be relocated to.


Sen. Dean approves appointment of new corrections pick

LEFT: Sen. Charlie Dean. RIGHT: Julie JonesSen. Charlie Dean (R-Inverness) today gave his approval to Governor Rick Scott's appointment of Julie Jones to head the state's Department of Corrections.

Jones officially begins work in that position on Jan. 5.

County OK's hauler to move trash out of county

The Citrus County Commission on Tuesday granted an exception to a landfill flow control ordinance for Good Fellas Roll Off Waste Disposal to haul waste out of the county, rather than putting it in Citrus County's landfill.

Kitchen wins commission seat. Medical marijuana, county road tax up in smoke.

The Citrus County Supervisor of Elections Office on Tuesday published preliminary results from the Nov. 4 elections.

There are 97,335 voters in Citrus county, and 56,671 voters cast ballots. Voter Turnout was 58.22 percent, far better than the Aug. 26 Primary Election voter participation rate of 28.41 percent.

FEMA finalizes Citrus County flood maps

Citrus County residents on Sept. 26, 2013 study flood maps that will affect future insurance ratesFEMA has finalized, and sent to Citrus County, official maps of the local areas designated as subject to flooding.

County posts sales tax page online

"Cent for Citrus"The “Cent for Citrus” referendum was approved by the Board of County Commissioners and will be placed on the Nov. 4 ballot.

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.


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.

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. 

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.

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.

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



County commission approves vacation of Sugarmill stub-out

The Citrus County Commission on Thursday voted 3-0 to approve vacating a stub-out in a section of the Oak Village portion of Sugarmill Woods.

Commissioners Rebecca Bays and Joe Meek both said they were advised by the Florida Ethics Commission to recuse themselves from the meeting.

Bays recused herself, she said, because she provides insurance to Hernando County developer Nachum Kalka. Meek said he was recusing himself because his father had built "spec" homes for Kalka.

County sets July 22 public hearing for road tax referendum


The Citrus County Commission on Tuesday voted 4-1 to host a public hearing at 2:45 p.m. on July 22 in the commission's chambers in Inverness for a proposed road tax to be placed on the November ballot. Commissioner Scott Adams voted against it.

The proposed tax would be separate from the county's road tax, which normally are used to maintain and resurface county roads. Basically, Public Works Director Jeff Rogers said, the new tax would take the form of a sales tax. Its lifecycle would be limited to 20 years, Rogers said.

Hospital attorneys hurry to get county onboard with HCA matter

Attorneys representing the governing boards of community's Citrus Memorial Hospital on Tuesday rushed to the Citrus County Commission to ask the county for help with their efforts in seeking an opinion from the Florida Attorney General.


County votes 3-2 to purchase Meadowcrest Building

The Citrus County Commission on Tuesday voted 3-2 to purchase the building it is leasing as the West Government Center in Meadowcrest.

The purchase price, reduced by $750,000 by the landowner, Gulf to Lakes LTD, was the final purchase price.

Voting against the deal were County Commissioner Scott Adams and Rebecca Bays. Adams said it was the wrong use of taxpayer money, and Bays said that she has always been against the purchase of the Meadowcrest Building.


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