Commissioners approve budget of $344.9 million
With little comment from the public, county commissioners approved a $344.9 million total budget for 2010-11 after the final public hearing Tuesday. The budget, which includes a $96.3 million general fund, is partially funded by a countywide property tax rate equal to last year's countywide rate of 6.3431 mills. For the owner of a $150,000 house with the $50,000 homestead exemption, that rate amounts to $634.31 in tax to support county services. The budget can be compared with last year's total spending plan of $392.8 million and last year's general fund of $111.2 million.
New hours for code, animal services office
Hernando County Code Enforcement and Animal Services has announced new visiting hours, effective Friday. The office will no longer be open on Saturdays, but will be open later on Mondays to accommodate residents outside normal business hours. Visitors can stop by the office from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Mondays and from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays. The facility, which is at 19450 Oliver St., will be closed on weekends and holidays. Telephone service begins at 9:30 a.m. Mondays and 8:30 a.m. Tuesdays through Fridays. Call Animal Services at (352) 796-5062 or Code Enforcement at (352) 754-4056.
Get your cat or dog vaccinated at clinic
The Florida International Teaching Zoo will provide a low-cost pet vaccination clinic from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. today at Tractor Supply, 18741 Cortez Blvd. Rabies vaccinations for dogs and cats will be $6. Dog distemper/parvovirus combo shots and cat distemper shots will be $14, and dog kennel cough/bordetella shots will be $15. All vaccinations will be administered by a veterinarian. Documentation will be provided. All proceeds are tax-deductible contributions that benefit the teaching zoo facility that is under construction in Bushnell. For information, call (352) 867-7788.
Hernando County Anti-Drug Coalition, 3:30 p.m., the Harbor, 7074 Grove Road, west of Brooksville.
Art Reception for Doris Hoffman, Penny LaFlair Oade and Sue Taylor: 5-7 p.m., Rising Sun Cafe, 10 S Main St., Brooksville. Free. (352) 848-0090.
Plant Propagation horticulture class: 10 a.m., Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. Free. (352) 754-4433.