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  • City goes with Waste Pro

    After two staff studies and much discussion on Monday, the Chiefland City Commission decided to renew its garbage pickup contract with Waste Pro.

    City manager Mary Ellzey opened the discussion saying whether No. 1 ranked bidder Waste Pro of Fanning Springs or No. 2 WCA of Gainesville got the contract “residential customers will see savings, some commercial will see savings.” The third bidder was Advanced Disposal.

    She also noted that lower prices for garbage hauling also mean the city’s 82 percent franchise fee will bring in less money.

  • County Emergency Management buys WeatherSTEM for schools

    The Levy County Department of Emergency Management in partnership with the WeatherSTEM Company has now made it much easier and more accurate for citizens of Levy County to check their local weather conditions.

  • Property values not rising quickly enough

    Usually when Levy County Property Appraiser Oz Barker says property values ― and hence property taxes ― are rising folks are not happy.

    But public officials are facing a different dilemma. While property values are going up in most of Levy County, they are not rising as fast as the cost of goods and services the county must provide. And there are an increasing number of exemptions that take property off the tax rolls or minimize the taxes they must pay.

  • Change is coming for Williston property owners

    Over the course of the next few months, decisions will be made by city residents that will affect Williston property owners for years to come.

    In its quest to clean up Williston and make it both aesthetically pleasing and structurally safe, the Board of Adjustments and Code Enforcement (BACE) will be making recommen-dations to tighten city codes and stiffen penalties for those owners who fail to comply with the law.

  • Cedar Key Oystermen’s, Suwannee Oyster associations win grant for restoration project in Suwannee Sound, Gulf

    Cedar Key, Florida (July 20, 2016). The Cedar Key Oystermen’s Association and the Suwannee Oyster Association have received a grant award of $20,000 to implement an oyster rehabilitation project in the Suwannee Sound, Gulf of Mexico. One of five collaborative grants awarded across the Big Bend counties—Dixie, Jefferson, Levy, and Taylor—the funding encourages partnerships to strengthen the region’s economic vitality while simultaneously ensuring the ongoing health of its natural resources.

  • Shell Mound road bids too high

    Bids for repaving and widening the pitiously rutted and worn Shell Mound Road have come in and they are well over the amount of a grant the state Department of Transportation is giving Levy County.

    So the Levy County Commission is asking the state if it can help with more money and looking into whether recreation impact fees collected from new construction can be used for the project on County Road 326/Southwest 78th Place better known as Shell Mound Road.

  • Tax holiday starts Aug.5

    Florida’s three-day back-to-school sales tax holiday will run from Aug. 5 through Aug. 7. The holiday begins Friday, Aug. 5, at 12:01 a.m.

    During the holiday period, no sales or local option tax will be collected on purchases of “clothing, footwear, and certain accessories selling for $60 or less per item.” Additionally, applicable school supplies that costs $15 or less per item will also be exempt from sales taxes.

    Visit www.myflorida.com/dor for more information on eligible items.

  • Free summer meal sites, hotline available for local kids in need

    There are 25 sites in Levy and the Tri-County area where children 18 and under can access free meals this summer through the United State Department of Agriculture’s Food Service Program.

    The sites, listed below, include several local schools, libraries and churches around Levy, Dixie, Gilchrist and Alachua County, and do not require any identification or documentation from clients.

  • Vendors needed for Epic End of Summer Bash

    The First United Methodist Church of Chiefland will hold its 5th Annual Epic End of Summer Bash on Saturday, July 30 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

    We will be giving away over 450 backpacks filled with school supplies. There will be a water slide, dunk tank and obstacle course. Also, free clothing, free hot dogs, beverages and snow cones. There will be prizes like gift certificates for kids haircuts and much more.

  • Harrell accepts public safety director job

    UPDATE:

    James Mitchell "Mitch" Harrell, emergency operations chief at the Gilchrist County Department of Public Safety, will become director of the Levy County Department of Public Safety on Sept. 1, according to Assistant County Coordinator Wilbur Dean.

    Dean said Harrell accepted the county's offer of $79,000 to start in the position with an increase to $85,000 after six months on Friday.