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Fire academies to offer training for Certified Firefighter

Starting on Aug. 14, individuals who are interested in becoming volunteer combat firefighters will have the opportunity to complete Firefighter I standards training under the auspices of the Citrus County Public Safety Training Center (CCPSTC). 

Fire Academy students will receive 250 hours of orientation to the fire service, fire alarms and communications, vehicles, apparatus and equipment, fire behavior, portable extinguishers, fire streams, fundamentals of extinguishment, plus ladders and hoses.

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County budget: Keeping heads above recessionary waters

There's both good and bad news in Citrus County's preliminary budget, which presently totals $222,696,012 for Fiscal Year 2012-13.

The good:The proposed budget is 4.88 percent less than the current budget, which totaled $234,126,585. The bad: Profit margins are shrinking at an ever-increasing pace.

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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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