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The Suncoast Parkway and all related projects are very important for our county and community groups to maintain updates. This area will hold all links to assist you in that information.
January 25, 2016-( 9am to 4:30 pm at the National Guard Armory,Crystal River) FDOT reviewing of Suncoast Parkway and I-75 Reliever. Great opportunity for public to tell them how it will affect our county and lives. A public comment period will begin at approximately 3:00 pm. Very Important for attendance
January 21, 2016- (6:00 p.m to 7:00 pm )
January 21- (1:00 pm to 3:00 pm at the Citrus County Courthouse, Room 100) BOCC Workshop involving criteria concerning I-75 Reliever Study-Open to the public.
January 19- ( 3:00 p.m.) FDOT Webinar- draft SIS Policy Plan will be ready for review
Below is a letter offered by CCC 2nd Vice President, Janet Barek
which states the reason and background which lead to her speaking for The CCC at the BOCC meeting concerning the road tax.
Open discussion on roads and how to pay for the resurfacing and repaving.
At the March 22, 2016 Board of County Commissioners meeting, a motion was made and
carried to, “Direct staff to take the necessary steps to prepare an Ordinance, and the Board to hold a Public Hearing to receive input from citizens regarding 1(not ½) percent Transportations System Sales Tax for resurfacing/repair of residential roads.” This direction to staff was made because, as It was stated, “The County, as previously identified, does not have sufficient revenue for road paving of residential roads. One method to pay for the much needed road resurfacing would be to ask the voters to approve a 1% Transportation System Sales Tax.”
First: The Commissioners need to be truthful and accountable for all gas taxes collected and spent, in Citrus County, every person who buys gasoline in Citrus County pays $0.15 per gallon in tax. This money comes from 5 different individual taxes: County fuel tax 1 cent, Local option fuel tax 6 cents, 2nd Local option fuel tax 5 cents (sunsets, ends 12/31/2034), Ninth cent fuel tax 1 cent (sunsets, ends 12/31/2034), and the Constitutional tax of 2 cents voted in by all Florida state residents in 1943. This is 15 cents on every gallon of gas purchased. These are not made up numbers they are taken from pages 65 – 70 of the Citrus County Board of County Commissioners Annual Budget Fiscal year 2015/2016.
Second: Mr. Kitchen, before you take it upon yourself to rescind your approved motion from the March 22, 2016 Board of County Commissioners meeting in which the staff was directed to take the necessary steps to prepare an ordinance, and the Board to hold a Public Hearing to receive input from citizens regarding 1(not ½) percent Transportations System Sales Tax for resurfacing/repair of residential roads. Please, give all the people of Citrus County the opportunity to discuss the pros and cons. After all, You, stated at the last BOCC meeting that You, “Wanted to allow the citizens the opportunity to have open discussion. “You wanted to” get it out there and give people a chance to voice their opinions.” Let ‘s do that! Do not rescind your proposal until there has been open discussion by the citizens at either workshop or at Board of County Commissioners meetings. Don’t just listen to a select few who contacted you to complain to you.
Thirdly: I am never in favor of higher taxes but in this instance I can support this tax if it is written explicitly so that all the sales tax funds go to residential road resurfacing and repair ONLY and none goes to other projects that can be funded by the transportation impact fee. No new land needs to be purchased with this sales tax money. No striping since there are funds in the regular budget for that. No signs or signage, no new stop lights, no bonding, no new anything! Just repair and resurface our local residential roads, ONLY.
Fourth: A 1% increase in the sale tax is fairer than heaping another MSBU onto the homeowner. Think, this tax would allow all people who purchase items in Citrus County to help pay for the repair and resurfacing of the roads they used to get to any store. This tax does not hurt the poor because it is not a tax on food or medicine. This tax would not put another burden on our property owner. Instead each person who makes a purchase in Citrus county would be contributing to our road maintenance …from the Tourists, here for Our Manatees, Our Rails to Trails, the lakes, the parks or just someone passing through but stopping to buy some incidental in our county, would be given the opportunity to help with the cost of the repaving and resurfacing of residential roads. It has been estimated that those non-resident shoppers could contribute at least 20% of the projected revenues. Great! That's 20% that we residents won't have to come up with!
Homeowners are not the only ones who drive on roads. Don't renters also use roads? An even more unfair tax would be to base the fee on the length of frontage of the homeowner’s lot. People living in townhouses, condos, attached villas or other narrow lots, would pay the least. But does that reflect their impact on the residential roads?
A sales tax is fairer because it is more equitably shared amongst the greatest possible number of people. Remember, it isn't applied to food or to medicine. And even in the case of a new or used car purchase, the buyer only pays sales tax on the first $5000 of the price. This means it would only cost $50 more in sales tax. Isn’t that fair since the car needs to be driven on a road.
The Board needs to get on board and hold the necessary meetings to draft a referendum for the November ballot. Let me remind this Board, at the March 22, 2016 meeting Mr. Meek stated, “This Transportation System Sales Surcharge is a Fair and Equitable way to fund resurfacing.” He went on to say, “the board needs to act!” Everyone needs to get on board and push for this tax. To even consider any form of MSBU is taxation without representation. Most residents of the county did not sign up for an HOA system that maintains their local residential roads. Yes, some people did like those living in Black Diamond, Terra Vista, or Meadow Crest to mention a few but most Citrus County residents rely on our five elected commissioners to honor our wishes as taxpayers. Thinking about, discussing, or considering an MSBU would not be a form of honoring the county residents wishes. If a referendum were sent to the people offering an MSBU or a sales tax, I am sure more people would vote down an MSBU. We as Citrus County residents are tired of your mistakes pushing higher taxes down our throats because according to Commissioner Domato, “Present and Past elected officials Failed.” He further stated, “This was a lack of doing their job!” Yes, previous BOCC members made mistakes. I am not mentioning any names but because of previous BOCC boards, there were several major ideas, which led to expenditures which have cost Citrus County citizens money and now we all have to deal with the consequences.
Fifth: Sunset date! Yes, there needs to be a sunset date and the 8 years mentioned seems like a perfect time for these taxes to sunset. Over the course of 8 years about $120 million dollars will be raised. This will resurface and repave a great number of miles of Citrus County roads.
Lastly: I do not know of a single citizen who normally says yes to a tax increase but please allow the meeting to be held. Give the information, let all who attend or watch have a chance to hear and read real numbers about cost for resurfacing and repaving of residential roads. Don’t let a few dictate but let everyone have a chance to be heard. What residents need to know is the tax would not start until January of 2017. The county would not get any monies from the state until 2018. The Annual Budget for Fiscal year 2015/2016 only has around 3 million dollars for residential road repair and resurfacing, if taxes remain the same for 2016/2017, the 3 million budgeted amount does not go up. Road resurfacing and repaving contracts currently being done are costing over 10 million dollars. The county administrator and Mr. Kitchen have reminded citizen these 10 million dollars in projects was a one-time only occurrence. The budget has no more large amounts of monies for residential road resurfacing and repaving. Present projects will only get around 55 miles of roads resurfaced and repaired since the cost of the projects have gone up. Although Impact fees are scheduled to renew in 2017. Impact fees cannot be used for repaving and resurfacing existing roads. They can only pay for new roads or additions to roads to increase road capacity due to growth.
This Transportation System Sales Surcharge Tax of 1 cent on each dollar spent Needs to ONLY pay for Residential road resurfacing and repaving with an 8-year sunset date.
There needs to be open discussion from the Citrus County residents at a workshop or meeting where a referendum can be composed that addresses the needs of the Citrus County residents. The referendum needs to state exactly what the 1 cent can be spent on…THE RESURFACING AND REPAVING OF RESIDENTIAL ROADS ONLY… and it needs to state it sunsets in 8-years.
The Board needs to support the action taken at the March 22, 2016 BOCC meeting, and hold the necessary meeting to draft a referendum for the November ballot. If you continue to kick the can down the road and do nothing soon there will be no road to kick the can down!
Janet A. Barek,
Citrus Springs resident and 2nd vice president of Citrus County Council
Minutes of Regular Monthly Meeting
Call to Order/Welcome: Regular monthly meeting of the CCC was called to order
and all welcomed by President John Wade at 9:05am
Pledge of Allegiance led by President John Wade
Blake Jenkins and George Deskins from Citrus County Mosquito Control Board presented a very general overview of the Mosquito Control Board; identifying the Board composition, general responsibilities and the fact that this Board is a Special Taxing District, one that does NOT report to the BOCC. The issue of Mosquitos in our Communities were highly explained. This explanation provided the varied types of mosquitoes , the
mosquito as a potential vector of disease, the life cycle of the mosquito, prevention that each individual can take to minimize the proliferation of mosquitoes. Primary protection steps include: the 5 “D’s”—dusk to dawn (be outside during “season” with care during these hours), dress (wear clothing covering many body surface areas), deet (use insecticide repellant which contains this product) and monitor drainage areas (any article that contains standing water for greater than three days). These gentleman provided hand out information and stressed the opportunity for one and all to phone the Mosquito Control Board if the citizen believes they have a mosquito issue and/or question.
Guest Speaker: Inverness City Councilman, Cabot McBride presented the City of Inverness. The summary explanation / definition for the City of Inverness provided by the Councilman was
“Inverness is a Small Town Done Right.” Councilman McBride shared the current initiatives and goals for the Inverness City Council ; including—enhanced/improved communication with the BOCC, road repairs (round
about on Zephyr Street), Trail improvement/repair (requires FDOT support) , Highlands Blvd road development, increased utilization and showcasing for the Valerie Theatre, and review of the Inverness Fire Department. In reference to the IFD, he explained how the process and discussion developed with the end result, current status, being the independence of the IFD with some agreement with the BOCC for mutual aid services.
CCSO Sgt Bobby Lambert provided an update on the increased incidences of daytime home burglaries. He stressed the need for total community awareness and reporting. If you see something of suspicious nature, report it…calls to the Hot Line can indeed be anonymous.
Answered varied topics/questions from the audience.
CCSB: Chuck Dixon, CCSB Director of Planning offered status of Citrus County Schools and future plans. He included comments regarding the expected impact of HB 729. This legislative initiative is interpreted to permit students to change the school of attendance for personal reasons and through out the school year. Reason is primarily for participation in sporting activities. He also discussed the role of concurrency, future school improvement plans. Mr. Dixon answered questions from the audience related to Schools in our communities.
Citrus County Council Business Meeting---
Attendance: Secretary announced a quorum was present with 17 organizations, number of Associate members and a few registered guests represented with a total of 38 in attendance. Only correspondence received over the past month were in regards to dues collection
Minutes from March, 2016 approval : Motion (GGuyer) with second (PWade) with unanimous voiced approval to accept minutes as presented.
Treasurer’s Report: offered by Treasurer with a balance $2125.34 Motion (GJannerone) second (GGuyer) with unanimous voiced approval to accept Report as reported, subject to audit.
Unfinished/New Business/ Open Mic
Bernie Leven and Gail Jannerone proposed questions as the CCC position on the recent BOCC discussion regarding Sales Tax referendum. Pres Wade explained the announced position at the BOCC meeting on April 12, was the decision by the CCC Executive Board. The reason being that the subject before the BOCC was scheduled, as did occur, prior to a General Membership meeting of the CCC. Lengthy discussion on the concept, pathway, proposals, etc. Motion (GGuyer) second (GJannerone) to table further discussion for this meeting, and to plan on having a General Membership Meeting discussion and vote to determine the CCC majority membership position. The Executive Board stressed the intent was that IF a referendum was presented to the community that the language be emphatic to specify the collection of funds be for only road repair, not be permitted to shift funds to other service needs. The membership will be offered this topic at the beginning of the next meeting, to ensure a quorum of eligible voters are in attendance. (note: section Article III Meetings, Quorum, Voting ; Section E reads:
(Voting on Council policy and corporate matters requires passage by 2/3 in a roll call vote of Member organizations present)
Upcoming Organizational Events:
CCLWV- May meeting (Judge Yerman- Teen Court), June meeting (CR Main
Street USA overview and opportunity for Trolley Ride ($12/each),
July 20, Candidate Forum in collaboration with CCC, at College
June 11. 9 tp 11 Pancake Breakfast ($7.00) and Meet Your Next Sheriff Forum
Next CCC Meeting: May 11, 2016, networking at 8:30a with meeting at 9:00a
Adjournment: Motion (GJannerone) second (BLeven) with unanimous approval at 11:35am
CITRUS COUNTY COUNCIL
PO Box 925
Lecanto, FL. 34460
“Working together to preserve quality of life in Citrus County”
REGULAR MEETING AGENDA
April 13, 2016
9:00 am Pledge of Allegiance & Welcome -----John Wade, President
9:05 am Mosquito Control Board ---Blake Jenkins
9:50 am Ask the Councilman ---Inverness Councilman Cabot McBride
Briefings from Around the County
10:10 am Sheriff’s Office ----Detective Bobby Lambert
10:25 am Citrus County School Board —Chuck Dixon, Director of Planning
CCC Business Meeting
10:40 am Attendance/Quorum ---Debbie Ressler, Secretary
Acceptance of Minutes & Correspondence
10:45 am Treasurer’s Report ----Karen Esty, Treasurer
10:50 am Unfinished/New Business
11:00 am Open Mic for Member Announcements
11:10 am General Announcements
Next meeting will be May 11, 2016 at Lion’s Club
11:15 am Adjournment
Message from CCC Member of League of Women Voters
Tuesday, March 22, at 1:00 pm, we will attend the Citrus County Commission meeting and once again
ask the board to pass a resolution banning fracking in Florida.
The last 2 commission meetings, we have spoken out against fracking on our fragile aquifer, and I was
told by Commissioner Carnahan to return on the 22nd and that the issue of fracking in Florida and a
discussion about a resolution would be on the agenda. I dropped off 3 sample resolutions March 1
along with other supporting documents and was asked to return on Tuesday the 22nd.
I am asking for your support as we work to pass a resolution in Citrus County calling for a ban on
fracking in Florida.
I intend to make a short presentation once more of between 1-3 minutes, and if you would like to do the
same, it would be great but not necessary. Your presence and support would be very much appreciated.
Here is a link to the event page with description, address and sign-up field:
Can you come? Click here for info and to sign up: https://actionnetwork.org/events/citrus-county-
Let's do our part to stop the awful practice of fracking in our paradise.
Citrus County Courthouse
110 N Apopka Ave
Inverness, FL., 34450
Thanks so much,
BOCC approves Public Workshop for March 22
The Board of County Commissioners approved a public workshop to be held on Tuesday, March 22 starting
at 9:00 am regarding the land application of bio-solids and sludge. The workshop will be held in Room 100
at the Citrus County Courthouse, located at 110 N. Apopka Avenue in Inverness.
The public is encouraged to attend, and public comment will be taken. The workshop will be able to be
viewed live through the Clerk’s website at http://citruscountyfl.iqm2.com/Citizens/default.aspx. For
questions on this workshop, please call Tobey Phillips, Public Information Officer, at 527-5484.
Saturday, January 30, there were protesters and rallies all across
Florida, and a few of our local members took action in Inverness
on the sidewalks near the Old Courthouse.
The extensive use of fracking in the US, where it has revolutionised the
energy industry, has prompted environmental concerns.
Fracking uses huge amounts of water, which must be transported to the
fracking site, at significant environmental cost.Environmentalists say
potentially carcinogenic chemicals used may escape and contaminate
groundwater around the fracking site. The industry suggests pollution
incidents are the results of bad practice, rather than an inherently risky
There are also worries that the fracking process can cause small earth
tremors. Campaigners say that fracking is simply distracting energy firms
and governments from investing in renewable sources of energy, and
encouraging continued reliance on fossil fuels. (Taken from "What is fracking and
why is it controversial?", BBC NEWS 12-16-15.http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-14432401)
Contact: Tobey Phillips, Public Information Officer
Telephone Reassurance Program Offered for Isolated Seniors
The Nature Coast Volunteer Center and the Retired & Senior Volunteer Program
(RSVP) are offering the Telephone Reassurance Program to isolated or elderly
individuals. This program is to create a sense of security through regular phone
contact with one of our trained volunteers. This program confirms safety and
imparts care and concern at no cost to you.
The Telephone Reassurance program will have a trained volunteer call you once
a week or daily, Monday - Friday. Calling times vary from 8:00 am–4:00 p.m.
If you think you could benefit from this program, or you would like more
information, please call us at 352-249-1275 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact: Tobey Phillips, Public Information Officer
BOCC Meeting Rescheduled for March 1
The regularly scheduled meeting of March 8, 2016 of the Board of County
Commissioners has been rescheduled for Tuesday, March 1, beginning at 1 pm at
the Citrus County Courthouse, Room 100.
The agenda and back-up materials will be available at www.citrusbocc.com the
Thursday before the meeting. The meeting can be viewed live online in a small
digital format at http://citruscountyfl.iqm2.com/Citizens/default.aspx. The meeting
is also televised live on cable TV on Channel 643 on Bright House and Channel 71
on Comcast. For questions regarding the change in the meeting date, please
contact the Public Information Office at 527-5484.
MPO Bicycle/Pedestrian Advisory Committee
to Meet January 19
Bicycle/Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC) of the Hernando/Citrus
Metropolitan Planning Organization will hold a public meeting on
January 21, beginning at 3:30 p.m., at the Citrus Transit
Center, located at 1300
South Lecanto Highway in Lecanto.
to be discussed at the meeting include: the annual election of the
Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC) officers for 2016, FY
FY 2020/21 adopted Transportation Alternatives (TA)
priority list, Suncoast Trail
Advisory Group (STAG), Safe Routes to
School (SRTS) update, Regional
Multi-Use Trails & Coast-to-Coast
Connector updates, and upcoming bicycle
meeting agenda will be published approximately one week prior
meeting date atwww.hernandocitrusmpo.us.
meetings are open to the public. Any questions concerning this public
should be directed to Mr. Steve Diez, Transportation Planner
Metropolitan Planning Organization, 20 North Main
Street, Room 262, Brooksville
FL, 34601, telephone (352)
or email email@example.com.
participation is solicited without regard to race, color, national
sex, religion, disability, or family status. Persons who
accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities
Act or persons who
require translation services (free of charge)
should contact the County
Administrator’s Office, Lecanto
Government Building, Room 267,
3600 W. Sovereign Path, Lecanto, FL
least two days before the meeting.
draft SIS (Strategic Intermodal System) Policy Plan will be ready for
review and comment on January
19, 2016. You are invited to learn more
about the content of
the SIS Policy Plan at a free webinar that will take
place January 19, 2016 at 3:00 p.m.
Following a review of the draft,
time for questions from participants
will be offered.
on how you
submit additional comments during the
Public and Partner Review
Period will also be presented. There
cost to attend the webinar but you must register.
If you cannot attend,
a recording of the webinar will be available at
Contact: Tobey Phillips, Public Information Officer
Water & Wastewater Authority to meet February 1
The Citrus County Water and Wastewater Authority will meet on
Monday, February 1 at 1:00 pm in the Lecanto Government Building,
3600 W. Sovereign Path, Room 166 in Lecanto. Agenda items at this
meeting include Limited Rate Proceeding for Tarawood Utilities, LLC.
This meeting is open to the public.
Any person requiring reasonable accommodation at this meeting
because of a disability or physical impairment should contact the
Office of Utility Regulation, 3600 W. Sovereign Path, Lecanto, FL
34461, or call (352) 527-5214, at least one week before the meeting.
If you are hearing or speech impaired, please use TDD telephone
The Citrus County Water and Wastewater Authority is a board of www.bocc.citrus.fl.us/commissioners/advboards/wwa/wwa.htm
appointees that provides for the regulation of private water, bulk
water, and wastewater utilities in the unincorporated areas of Citrus
County. For more information, call352-527-5214 or visit
Contact: Tobey Phillips, Public Information Officer
Public Workshop Scheduled for I-75 Reliever Study
The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners will conduct a workshop
regarding specific criteria to be included in the I-75 Reliever Study. The workshop will
be held on Thursday, January 21 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm at the Citrus County
Courthouse, Room 100, and the public is encouraged to attend.
This workshop is being held by request of the Florida Turnpike Authority regarding the
County Comprehensive Plan, employment centers and traffic pinch points that should
be considered as part of the I-75 Reliever Study.
For questions regarding this workshop, please contact the Public Information Office
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