Government

Multi-agency operation snags 16 unlicensed contractors

Sixteen unlicensed construction contractors recently learned that Citrus County and the state are serious about not getting that license to perform work here.

All violators have been ordered to stop work, and three violators were fined $500 and face mandatory court appearances.

The multi-agency operation included the Citrus County Sheriff's Office, the Florida Department of Business & Professional Regulation (DBPR), the county’s Code Compliance Division and the State Attorney of the Fifth Judicial Circuit.

Citrus County on list for storm damage public assistance

Citrus County is now on the list for public assistance, along with 13 other counties, in response to the damage caused by Tropical Storm Debby.

Governor Rick Scott made a supplemental request to the President for the State of Florida to receive Public Assistance, in addition to the request for Individual Assistance for Presidential Declaration.

Taxable values made available for budget process

Citrus County Property Appraiser Geoffrey Greene has announced that the 2012 preliminary certification of taxable values have just been issued to all Citrus County taxing authorities as of July 1, 2012.

The 2012 preliminary tax roll reflects a total Non-School Taxable Value for Citrus County of $8.98 billion reflective of current market conditions.

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Citrus County under local state of emergency

Shortly after 3 p.m. today, Tropical Storm Debby made landfall in Dixie County, and as a result of the impending storm surge, Citrus County and the City of Crystal River are now under a local state of emergency.

Residents along the coastline should expect rising water levels and potential flooding beginning now and at high tide tonight at 9:56 p.m. and again at 10:25 a.m. on Wednesday.

Citrus County may also see an increase in winds overnight with possible gusts of 40 to 50 mph.

County breaks ground for new transportation hub


The ground on which old "Building 22" once stood is bare, and now it has a new purpose - as the future site of a transportation hub for Citrus County.

Dignitaries and others gathered today in Lecanto at the county's vehicle maintenance complex off County Road 491 to break ground for the hub, which is expected to cost $2.338 million. The bulk of that money is coming from the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) grant.

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