BROOKSVILLE — It may be tempting to crack open that shiny blue trash can this weekend and dump in the leavings of s holiday dinner or discarded gift wrap, but county officials need residents to curb that temptation.A county vendor began delivering new trash receptacles for Republic Services this week, but the automated service requiring the cans doesn't start until the week of February 4. The new cans should not be used until then.The Hernando County Commission approved Republic Services' plan for automated garbage collection in 2017 as part of a seven-year contract extension worth more than $9.5 million annually. Republic's 60,000 Hernando County customers still will have their garbage picked up twice a week, but by special trucks — mostly staffed by one person — that use a mechanical arm to grab and dump the cans, and then set them back down.The service comes with a fee increase, and days of service will change for some customers."This new service will make … [Read more...] about What’s Santa bringing Hernando County residents? Big blue garbage cans.
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Holiday celebrationsSnow Bash: Real snow and a sledding area will be the highlight of this event from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 24 at Tom Varn Park, 306 Darby Lane, Brooksville. Featuring live entertainment, music, food trucks, games and vendors. Funds raised will benefit the SEED Foundation, Hernando County Education Foundation, Boy Scouts, Civil Air Patrol, Veterans HEAT Factory and the Friends of the Children. Admission is $5 per person; $5 parking. Visit theseedfoundation.org.Paws and Claus Holiday Art and Craft Fair: This benefit and adoption event will be from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 24 at Silverthorn Country Club, 4550 Golf Club Lane, Spring Hill. Santa will visit from 11:30 to 1:30 p.m., and children can have their faces painted and get a balloon. Featuring more than 50 local artisans. This is a benefit for Kathi's K9s and Paw Warriors, who will have pets available for adoption. Donations of pet toys and pet food items appreciated. Admission is free. Call (352) … [Read more...] about Things to Do in Pasco and Hernando counties starting Nov. 23
This Week's HighlightsMusicFriday Night Live: Bands performing include Actual Bank Robbers at 6 p.m. and Slickwood at 8 p.m. Brooksville Main Street hosts this live outdoor concert series that includes a food truck rally, full bar and family games in the park. Visit historicdowntownbrooksville.com. 5-10 p.m. Free. Hernando Park, 205 E Fort Dade Ave., Brooksville.Salute to Veterans concert: The PHSC Foundation presents its fifth annual ‘Salute to Veterans’ performance. Featuring the Victory Belles, a vocal trio performing the music of the 1940s. The show will include a musical salute to each branch of the U.S. Armed Forces. Get tickets online at phsc.tix.com. 2 p.m. Nov. 9. $10, U.S. military veterans pay $5. Pasco-Hernando State College Performing Arts Center, 10230 Ridge Road, New Port Richey. (727) 816-3707. phsc.edu.Songs Across America: The Hernando Jazz Society performs at 2 p.m. Nov. 11 at Wellington at Seven Hills clubhouse, 400 Wexford Blvd., Spring Hill. Admission … [Read more...] about Things to Do in Pasco and Hernando counties starting Nov. 9
BROOKSVILLE — Hernando County commissioners gave a tentative nod Tuesday to a spending plan for the coming fiscal year. It holds the property tax rate steady, despite a multi-million dollar shortfall revealed several months ago.The 2018-19 spending plan totals $448.9 million, $3.9 million less than this year’s approved budget. The $110.5 million general fund is about $690,000 less than the 2017-18 approved general fund.The proposed budget is balanced, but budget director George Zoettlein said he couldn’t recommend it, because it requires the county to spend $5.2 million dollars of its general fund reserves.Dipping into reserves creates several problems.The county would have to violate its own policy of having 18.5 percent of its general fund budget in reserve to get it through the first few lean months of the budget year, which begins October 1, before property tax revenues begin to arrive. Spending $5.2 million of reserves would leave the county with only 12.5 … [Read more...] about Hernando County plan holds property tax rates steady, but forces commissioners to violate their own reserve fund rules
BROOKSVILLE — Determined to keep the property tax rate the same, Hernando County commissioners on Tuesday agreed to discuss increased funding for school crossing guards, school resource officers and possibly other requests from the Sheriff, by dipping into budgeted reserve.Whether that is the ultimate solution depends on spending discussions between now and formal budget hearings in September.The county’s policy has been to set aside 18.5 percent of its general fund for reserves to keep the county operating in the early part of the new fiscal year, which begins October 1. Property tax revenues don’t start flowing into county coffers for a couple of months after that.Interim county budget manager George Zoettlein had balanced the budget and kept the tax rate steady before talks with school and Sheriff’s Office officials revealed that the county may be on the hook for school safety expenses. With that news, commissioners decided that their reserves could take a … [Read more...] about Hernando County may help fund school safety measures by cutting reserves