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  • Education briefs

    Florida to receive $170 million in education grants

    U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced recently  Florida will receive $170.2 million through the School Improvement Grant program to turn around persistently poor performing schools throughout the state.

    The money comes from the $3.5 billion set aside by last year's federal budget and the federal stimulus.

  • Water district tax rate may increase

    The tax rate imposed by the Suwannee River Water Management District will go up for the first time in 20 years if its governing board holds to its tentative tax rate approved on July 13.    

    The SRWMD's  Governing Board  approved a tentative $61.6 million-dollar budget for the upcoming fiscal year and and a tax rate of 0.4934 mills at the last meeting held in Live Oak.  The tax rate increase represents  0.0535 of a mill.  A mill is a tax rate of $1 per every $1,000 of assessed property value.

  • County helps LARC with insurance bill

    The Levy Association of Retarded Citizens is losing clients and funding is being cut, but the doors are still open and the insurance needs to be paid to keep them open.

    That was the situation outlined by LARC Executive Director Betty Walker at Tuesday’s Board of County Commissioners meeting.

  • County briefs

    County bookkeeping makes the grade

    The annual audit of the county’s books drew a good grade from the auditor Alan Nast of Carr Rigga & Ingram LLC .

    Nast said the report was “unqualified” — meaning good, no exceptions were found — for the fiscal year 2008-09.

    “That is the highest level of assurance that we can give,” he told the Levy County Board of Commissioners in their regular Tuesday meeting.

    The only recommendation Nast made was for more internal controls on purchasing.

  • Fanning Springs calls city election in October

    Fanning Springs voters will go to the polls on Nov. 2 to choose three council members and a mayor in a nonpartisan election, according to a resolution passed by the City Council.

    Voters may also find themselves going to the polls for a primary on Oct. 5 if more than two candidates file in one of the four offices.

    City voter registration books in Levy and Gilchrist counties will be closed on September 6.

  • Levy County voter registration books close July 26

    Anyone not registered to vote in Levy County has until 4 p.m. July 26 to get registered for the Aug. 24 primary.

    The Supervisor of Elections Connie Asbell will be closing the books at the close of business on that date. The office is located at 421 South Court Street, Bronson, Florida.  

    If you have any questions, please call 352-486-5163 Ext. 4.

    Early voting begins on Aug. 9 and continues through Aug. 22.

  • Six Bronson residents injured in accident

     A one-vehicle crash on Thursday  evening on County Road 326 east of the intersection of Southeast 160 Avenue has left six members of a Bronson family hospitalized.

  • County wants 5% slice on budget

    No one asked Levy County Sheriff Johnny Smith about the 3 percent pay raise he gave deputies in May when he spoke at the Levy Board of County Commissioners' budget workshop on Monday.

    When Smith mentioned it, he was told how he spends money budgeted by the commissioners is up to him. He was also told to cut his request down by 5 percent from this year's funding.

    That pay raise was on the minds of many as a parade of county department and agency heads pitched their budget request, then said while workers were glad to have jobs, they would like to get a 3 percent raise.

  • Budget meeting reveals money woes

    City residents will end up paying less property tax this year if the city commission holds to last year’s tax rate.

    “I don’t want to get shot over increasing taxes,” Commissioner Rollin Hudson told the other commissioners at Monday night’s first budget meeting of the year.

     The other commissioners agreed that the rate should once again be set at 4.75 mills. A mill is a tax rate of $1 per every $1,000 of assessed property value.

  • Ham radios keeping Levy County in touch

    Technology has come a long way in terms of communications, especially in emergency management.

    Satellites, the Internet and other forms of technology have contributed greatly to keep people in touch when disaster strikes. But a form of communication that is almost a century old is still the most reliable way to stay in contact.

    Ham radios are still in use today, and they play a key part in emergency plans. The devices are a central component of Levy County's communications tools.