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  • SRWMD approves tentative millage rate and budget

    The Suwannee River Water Management District Governing Board on July 12 approved a tentative fiscal year 2011-12 budget of $47,124,589 and proposed millage rate of 0.4250. The tentative budget represents a 17 percent reduction over last year’s budget and the tentative millage rate reflects a 3 percent reduction over last year’s millage rate.
    Under the proposed millage rate, those who own property with a taxable value of $100,000 will pay $42.50 in property taxes to the District. Owners of property with a taxable value of $150,000 will pay $63.75 to the District.

  • FDOT Road and Lane Closures for July 16 – 22, 2011

    The following is a list of roadwork underway by the FDOT that may impact traffic.
     
    ALACHUA COUNTY:
     
    Interstate 75 Northbound traffic is shifted to the west just south of the interchange because of the addition of a barrier wall on the east side of the project. The speed limit is reduced to 60 mph around the clock and the truck restrictions are lifted from three miles south of the interchange to just north of SR 26 encouraging semi-trucks to use the far left lane as well as the center lane.

  • Fanning dye trace in the works

    What do you get when you mix fertilizer and waste from both humans and farm animals in the Suwannee Basin?
    These ingredients are known to devastate water quality. Just ask anyone who’s ever had a fish tank but neglected to siphon out the waste or fix a broken filter. The fish don’t live long.
    The geology in the Suwannee Basin, known as karst topography, is kind of like a broken filter. It’s so full of holes the water makes its way from the surface to the aquifer in record time, carrying all sorts of nasty stuff with it.

  • Free entry Sunday at State Parks

    Celebrate National Recreation and Parks Month with free day-use entry into all state parks on Sunday, July 17.

    The Chiefland area has two state parks: Manatee Springs State Park and Fanning Springs State Park.

    Bring your bathing suit and take a dip in the springs or walk the trails. Have a picnic.

  • Balloting ends in Readers’ Choice Awards

  • Fund set up for Jessie Short, family

    Jessie Short, an 18-year-old rising senior at Chiefland High School, was involved in a car accident two weeks ago, which has left him comatose at Shands Hospital and his family needs your help. 

    His parents, John and Ruby Short, live in Tampa but he stays in Chiefland with his grandparents, James and Patsy Hiers. His parents often travel from Tampa to Gainesville to be with him.

  • Savings from a day's furlough

    The Levy County Commission is discussing using furloughs to cut its costs, rather than layoffs, to meet its budget in the coming year. To that end, Jared Blanton, a finance clerk, drew up the approximate savings.

  • Just the numbers

     Current millage rate: 7.4212

    Rollback millage: 8.0614

    1 mill brings in $1,731,342 tax revenue

     

    General Fund revenue: $18,342,968

    Expenditures: $20,826,382

    Transfers to other funds: $1,685,577

    Cash forward: $2,750,000

    Shortage: $1,418,991

  • Beef O’Brady’s clears last county alcohol hurdle

    The Beef O’Brady’s to be constructed at the intersection of Northwest 140th Street and U.S. Highway 19 has cleared its final approval for a zoning variance that will allow it to sell alcohol.

  • Home invasion suspect nabbed in Dixie

    A man being sought in connection with a home invasion in Chiefland Sunday night was apprehended in Dixie County Tuesday afternoon.