July 2017

Secure your utility trailers

Trailer LockCitrus County Detectives have been investigating several reports of stolen utility trailers throughout the county -- 19 to be exact -- since the beginning of the year. 
Two of these reports have been cleared by arrests, the Citrus County Sheriff's Office said on Friday. 
These incidents are occurring both on the East and West sides of Citrus County. 

Sheriff's Office honors Goodworth at retirement

The Citrus County Sheriff's Office and Citrus County Sheriff's Fire Rescue on Friday celebrated Fire Rescue Chief Jim Goodworth for more than 34 years of significant contributions to public safety in the Citrus County community and to his past six years with the Sheriff's Office.

The Citrus County Sheriff's Office and Fire Rescue on Friday celebrated the early retirement of Fire Rescue Chief Jim Goodworth, and noted his accomplishments during his more than 34 years of service.

Goodworth had previously announced that he would retire on Aug. 4.

Goodworth was well known among members of the county, law enforcement and fire communities for public safety excellence in the Citrus County community, and for his noteworthy track record during the past six years with the Sheriff's Office.

Hernando/Citrus MPO sets public meeting

MPO logoThe Hernando/Citrus Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) will hold a public meeting on Tuesday, August 15, 2017, beginning at 1:00 p.m., at the Lecanto Government Building, 3600 W. Sovereign Path, Room 166, Lecanto, Florida.

Items scheduled on the agenda include, but are not limited to:


Tuesday, August 15, 2017 - 1:00pm

Increased water restrictions extended through Oct. 1

Southwest Florida Water Management District’s (SWFMD) maintains once-per-week lawn watering and other restrictions in the District’s northern region, which includes Citrus County.

Due to lingering drought effects and water resources not recovering as quickly as other areas, the Southwest Florida Water Management District’s (District) Governing Board voted July 25 to maintain once-per-week lawn watering and other restrictions in the District’s northern region, which includes Citrus, Hernando, Levy and portions of Lake, Marion and Sumter counties.

Clearing up confusion about budget choices

Citrus County Commissioner Jimmie T. Smith, District 3Following up on my last article, I wanted to take this opportunity to make things clear for those who may be confused about what the recent votes are about and “increase taxes."

County works out space needs requirements

jBOCC SealThe Citrus County Commission and the county's constitutional officers were able to make headway on Thursday in working out space needs to handle needs into the future.
Commissioners called the end result of the process "historic."

Water district approves proposed millage rate

The Southwest Florida Water Management District’s (District) Governing Board adopted a proposed fiscal year 2018 millage rate of 0.3131 mill, 5.6 percent lower than the current fiscal year.

For the owner of a $150,000 home with a $50,000 homestead exemption, the District tax would be $31.31 a year, or about $2.61 per month. The fiscal year runs from Oct. 1, 2017, through Sept. 30, 2018.

BOCC takes first look at 2017-18 budget, sets tentative millage

Budget artThe Citrus County Commission on Wednesday got its first look at the preliminary budget for Fiscal Year 2017-18.
The new Fiscal Year begins on Oct. 1.

Carnahan to host Fire Services Town Hall Meeting at Floral City Library

CarnahanCitrus County is currently conducting a nationwide search for a new Fire Chief.

The county thanks Jim Goodworth for his service and recognizes that choosing the next Fire Chief is an important decision and the next step in building fire services in the community. 


Thursday, August 3, 2017 - 5:30pm

TOP VIDEO: Universal Garbology

The Citrus County Commission at its solid waste workshop on Tuesday unanimously agreed that it wants to go down the road toward mandatory universal garbage collection. Payment will be on the residential property tax bill.  The amount, to be determined, will be a combination of the cost to collect the garbage and the cost to dispose of it. (July 25, 2017)


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