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  • Mobile Dental Unit coming to Chiefland

    The Florida Baptist Mobile Dental Unit will be coming to First Baptist Church of Chiefland Aug. 2 through 5.

    Pre-screening for dental services—extractions and simple fillings only—is  required and will take place Saturday, July 24, at the church beginning at 9 a.m.

    Applicants coming to the pre-screening must bring valid identification, and the clinic will not provide services to anyone under the age of 6.

  • Tarmac challenges tax claim

    Yankeetown Town Council member Jack Schofield,  critic of the proposed Tarmac King Road limerock mine, has raised questions about whether the company owes tangible property taxes on a drag line.

    The drag line, sitting in pieces at the site of the company’s test pit, which Schofield and other Yankeetown residents want closed, is not subject to tax, said Tarmac officials because state law does not levy a tax on items not producing revenue.

  • City news briefs

    n City one step closer to tapping well

    The city commission voted 4-0 Monday night to allow City Manager Grady Hartzog to move ahead with the third phase of a project that would bring the city’s water line closer to its new well head No. 5.  Commissioner Rollin Hudson was absent for the vote.

    “It’s a great idea.  We’ve been needing to do this,” said Vice-Mayor Teresa Barron at the meeting.

  • Hospital awaiting signature

    Executives with Ameris Health Systems, the company that plans to build a hospital in Chiefland, are still awaiting a decision from the governor’s office on the reallocation of tax-free bonds.

    Sam Lewis, chief executive officer and president of Ameris, said recently that Gov. Charlie Crist has an executive order on his desk to consolidate and reallocate about $840 million of unspent tax-free bonds for shovel-ready projects like the hospital throughout the state.

  • Unemployment in Levy pops up to 13.1 percent

     Levy County's unemployment rate jumped from 12.6 percent in May to 13.1 percent in June, a 0.7 percent increase.

    In personal terms, the number of people wihtout a job in the county's workforce rose from from 2,049 to 2,158.

    The story was much the same for Marion County which posted a 13.9 percent rate up by 0.3 percent, and Citrus County where the rate rose 0.6 percent to 13.3 percent.

  • School officials grim about future of school budget

    The School Board of Levy County’s estimated budget for the 2010-2011 school year appears to be in decent shape, considering the recent economic downturn.

    After that, however, the future doesn’t look so bright.

    The board held its first budget workshop on Tuesday, before its twice monthly board meeting, to discuss potential fiscal changes for the next school year.

  • County property values down only 5.5 percent, budget meetings set

    The Levy County Commission got some good news this past week from County Property Appraiser Oz Barker: property values are not down as much as earlier anticipated.

    Barker, who sent over the ubiquitous form DR420S Certification of Taxable Value that comissioners use in setting a tentative budget and property tax millage rate, had anticipated  a 7 percent drop in value. But the decrease is 5.5 percent on property valued at $1,871,247,226.

    That could be good news for the reeling real estate market where values have been sinking for three years.

  • Fate of sinkhole still unknown

    After establishing almost a year ago that a Chiefland sinkhole has a direct underground connection to Manatee Springs, state agencies said they have no plan in place to address the stormwater that feeds directly into the cavernous mouth located just blocks from City Hall.

    A document from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection does, however, state that state agencies are still awaiting the completion of a Basin Action Management Plan (BMAP), which could call for testing of the water.  But the BMAP could be as far as 18 months from completion.

  • Betty Walker announces for Chiefland Commission seat

    Life-long Chiefland resident, Betty Walker, is concerned about the direction our city is taking so she has decided to return to City politics and to seek election to the Chiefland City Commission Group Seat 4.  Betty is a 10-year veteran of the City Commission serving as a City Commissioner from 1997 until 2007 and also served as Mayor.

  • State gives Levy money for new ambulance

    The state of Florida passed out money for emergency medical services this week and Levy County received the largest amount of money in the state — $120,600.

    The money, in the form of a 90/10 matching grant will allow the county to purchase a new ambulance and to take one of its high-mileage units off the road, said Trish Seibold, director of Levy County Emergency Medical Services. The county's match will be $13,400.