are being taken
The Hernando County Property Appraiser's Office is taking applications for Homestead Exemption and the Low Income Senior Exemption.
Property Appraiser Alvin Mazourek reminds residents who purchased a home in the county during the 2008 tax year that applications for Homestead Exemptions must be made before March 2 to get the benefit for the 2009 tax year. Applications after March 2 will be considered for 2010.
To qualify for the Homestead Exemption and the accompanying "Save Our Homes" assessment cap, the home must be the primary and permanent residence. Those who have moved into the county and had a previous homestead or are transferring from one home to another may qualify for Portability.
In homes where at least one owner is 65 or older prior to Jan. 1 and total household adjusted gross income that does not exceed $25,873, who did not apply for the Low Income Senior Exemption for 2008, must submit an application by March 2. Those who did receive the Low Income Senior Exemption for 2008 do not need to file an application for 2009.
Those who have a homestead property in Hernando County who have requested mail to be forwarded to a different address temporarily (due to vacation, visiting family, employment, military deployment, etc.), should contact the post office upon return. The postal delivery address must be the same as the homestead address, or additional documentation may be required to determine residency.
The property appraiser office locations: 201 Howell Ave., Suite 300, Brooksville, and at 7525 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. For filing requirements and information, visit the Web site at www.hernandocounty.us/pa or call (352) 754-4190.
Competitions honor Black History Month
The Black Educators Caucus is sponsoring a poster and essay competition in honor of Black History Month.
The theme is African-American(s) in Government (local, state or national).
The competition is open to minority students in kindergarten through 12th grade. Students in grades kindergarten through fifth grade can enter the poster contest; students in grades 6 to 12 can enter the oral essay competition.
Prizes will be awarded in three levels. There will be a $100 first-place award for grades K-5, 6-8 and 9-12. Prizes will also be awarded to second- and third-place winners at each level.
Students interested in entering the competition can pick up an information packet from their school office.
Poster competition criteria for grades K-5 include: must use 22-by-28-inch poster paper; must have a title; may use drawing, painting, collage or a combination of all three; be creative; writing must be neat and legible; and the student's name must be on the back of the poster.
Participants will present their posters to a panel of judges on the day of the competition. They will be asked to give a brief description and explanation of their posters.
Oral essay competitors must adhere to the following criteria: the essay must be centered on the theme; it must be between three minutes and five minutes in length; and participants must dress appropriately.
Dinner dance features Frankie Dee big band
The Knights of Columbus, St. Jude Council 6383, will host a Big Band Dinner Dance featuring the Frankie Dee New York Orchestra Saturday at the hall, 10470 Spring Hill Drive.
Dinner will be available at
5 p.m. The menu choice is chicken cordon bleu or salisbury steak.
Dancing will be from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. and will include big band sounds, Frank Sinatra, polkas, waltzes, jazz, Latin, and cha-chas. The orchestra includes 18 musicians and two singers. Door prizes will be awarded.
The cost for dancing only is $10. Dinner is $7. Dinner reservations are required by Wednesday . Call the Knights hall at (352) 686-2650 or Mary at (352) 596-9486.
Karaoke night is planned for Saturday
A Karaoke Fun Night with Dale and Nancy Shoemaker will be from 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday at the Marine Corps League Detachment 708, 8405 Sunshine Grove Road.
Admission is free. Finger food and beverages will be sold in the lounge. Call (352) 597-7979.