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  • County fire board cuts $80k

    Consolidation of

    The Levy County Fire Advisory Board met its goal of chopping more than $80,000 from its budget during a workshop Tuesday night in Bronson. Consolidating departments, trimming the county's allotment for three others and cutting training and equipment expenses dropped the proposed 2011-12 budget from $1.19 million to $1.11 million.

  • City staff threatens to quit over stalled budget

    A heated debate came to the surface at Monday night's Chiefland City Commission meeting over the issue of Chiefland Fire Rescue's proposed budget for the upcoming year.
    City staff and officials have been conducting budget workshops since early June, yet they say CFR Chief James Harris has been slow to submit a complete budget.

  • Road and Lane Closures for July 23 - 29

     The following is a list of roadwork underway by the FDOT that may impact traffic.

    Hawthorne Road (State Road 20)  Crews will be repainting the roadway lines from Waldo Road (State Road 24) to the Putnam County line which is a moving operation.

  • Unemployment in Levy rises to 11.1 percent

    The slow month-by-month decrease in Levy County's jobless rate has reversed course with unemployment rising to 11.1 percent in June, up 0.8 percent from May's unemployment rate.
    While a reversal in five months of declining unemployment, the rate is down from 12.3 percent for the same period a year ago.
    Levy County's labor force decreased by 146 to 17,409, the number of those employed dropped by 286 to 15,468, and those without jobs also dropped by 140 to 1,941.

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  • Makes sense to join anti-mine lawsuit

    Special to the Citizen

    Their causes are different, but both hope for the same outcome.
    City officials say that is why they decided to join a north Citrus County activists’ group in asking a judge to overturn the Levy County Commission vote allowing a limerock mine north of Inglis.
    The city council voted to piggyback on the lawsuit filed by Withlacoochee Area Residents, or WAR, to stop the Tarmac King Road Mine between Inglis and Lebanon Station.

  • Commission wants 7% off the top

    The chipping away at the Levy County general fund in the 2011-12 tentative budget continued Tuesday and some pointed remarks were directed at one constitutional officer who has refused to go along with the recommended cut of 7 percent.
    Sheila Rees presented the Board of County Commissioners with the tentative budget of $55,340,678 for the fiscal year that starts Oct. 1. Included is $22,242,263 in general revenue fund spending, which has property taxes as its largest source of funding.

  • Judge denies Tarmac motion to dismiss petition

    The Town of Yankeetown's petition to overturn a conditional permit for a 2, 757 acre limerock mine on 4,750 acres near Inglis is alive after Tarmac's motion to dismiss was denied by Circuit Judge Robert E. Rountree Jr.
    In a short morning hearing the judge also granted a request to move a hearing on whether Yankeetown has standing to file the petition for certiorari from Wednesday until Aug. 8. While only an hour was requested for the second hearing, Rountree said, "Knowing how many lawyers we have here I'll set aside two hours."

  • Garbage expense could offset sewer costs

    Bronson Town Council members voted unanimously Monday night to move forward with paperwork concerning a federal grant that would aid in the construction of the town's proposed sewer expansion project, though council members and staff expressed disappointment about the preliminary amounts being offered in the deal.
    "At the time we got this ..." Town Clerk Kelli Brettel started to say.
    "It looked bleek," Council Member Berlon Weeks said, finishing her statement.

  • School Board wrestles with the budget

    Levy schools Finance Director Bob Clemmons says dealing with the 2011-12 budget is a bit “like standing on the edge of the Grand Canyon and looking down.”
    Clemmons, in a presentation on Tuesday to the Levy County School Board, outlined the factors that have made this year’s budget the most precarious one he has handled.
    • Declining property tax and state revenues combined with the unfunded mandate of the 2002 Class Size Reduction Amendment to the Florida Constitution is forcing the school board to make steep cuts.