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.
A man who has lived among the Seminole tribe and said he liked the experience is the top candidate for the newly created Levy County public safety director position.
David Knowles, a native of Hawthorne and a captain with the Citrus County Fire Rescue, is the No. 1 pick for the position after the Levy County Commission spent over three hours interviewing six finalists.
As emergency services administrator for the Seminole Tribe of Florida from 2001-2003 Knowles and his family lived on the Big Cypress reservation.
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.
The following is a list of roadwork underway by the FDOT that may impact traffic.
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.
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.
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.