Board approves $422.2M budget for schools
The Hernando County School Board voted Tuesday night to adopt a $422.2-million budget for the 2008-2009 school year. The figure, which is down $24.2-million or 5.7 percent from the current year's budget, reflects a millage rate of 7.78, which the district expects will generate $84.4-million in revenue. For the owner of a house assessed at $200,000 who takes the standard $25,000 homestead exemption (the second $25,000 exemption does not apply to school taxes), that translates into a school property tax of about $1,361, down $50.05 compared with last year.
Amendments 1-9 on meeting agenda
A nonpartisan discussion of Amendments 1 through 9 with Sondra Kerr, director of the League of Women Voters, will be at 2:30 p.m. Friday at the Wellington clubhouse, 400 Wexford Blvd. The program is sponsored by the Wellington Democratic Club. Hernando County residents are invited to attend and voice their concerns and ask questions. Amendments 1 through 9, which will be on the November general election ballot, will affect school funding, voucher programs, real estate and sales taxes. The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan organization. For information, call Gene Ehrich at (352) 688-3130 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Learn the secrets of weight loss
The Foundation for Wellness Professionals will host its free "5 Secrets to Permanent Weight Loss" workshop from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the East Hernando Branch Library, 6457 Windmere Road. The speaker is Mary Bristow, acupuncture physician and doctor of Oriental medicine. Participants will learn why diets alone don't work and how to lose weight and keep it off. Reservations required. For information or to reserve a spot, call (352) 799-1882.
Lighthouse needs volunteer drivers
The Lighthouse for the Visually Impaired and Blind in Hernando County has an immediate need for drivers to transport visually impaired residents to and from classes. Drivers use Lighthouse vans and can help out in mornings, afternoons or both. The Lighthouse is a nonprofit organization that provides free social services, rehabilitation and job placement to blind and visually impaired individuals. The Lighthouse facility is at 6492 California St., southwest of Brooksville. To volunteer, call (352) 754-1132.
Hernando County Job Fair "Opportunity 2008": 4-7 p.m., Career Central, 7361 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. Job seekers must register first. Call (352) 200-3055.
Library offers programs for little ones: Toddler Time at 10 a.m. for ages 18-35 months; Storytime at 11 a.m. for ages 3-5 years, Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive. (352) 540-6391.
Baldwin, Bonnie Lu
Johnson, Shawna C.
Kowalski, Carmella May
Lollie, Raymond A.
Steinmacher, Jillian M.
Welch, Dorothy T.
This list is from detailed obituaries published in Section B.