Swiftmud board adopts proposed property tax rate
The Southwest Florida Water Management District's Governing Board has adopted the district's proposed 2012-13 property tax rate of 0.3928 mills for the district's general fund, the same rate as the current fiscal year. However, due to a 2.9 percent decline in taxable property values across the district, the rate would result in a $3 million reduction in property tax revenue. For the owner of a $150,000 home with a $50,000 homestead exemption, the tax would be $39.28. The proposed tax rate will be used by county property appraisers when they mail Truth in Millage notices to property owners. The 2012-13 fiscal year will begin Oct. 1. For information, call toll-free 1-800-423-1476.
Ceremony, social salute Purple Hearts
A ceremony to recognize Purple Heart recipients will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9236, 3435 Shoal Line Blvd. A social will follow. For information, call (352) 596-9236.
Boating class teaches how to read a GPS
Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 15-8 will offer a class, "How to Read Your GPS," from 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 18 at the facility, 4340 Calienta St. Those who have a GPS device should bring it to the class; those who don't should not purchase one until after taking the course. This is a practical course that shows which buttons to push and how to get to one's destination and back. The cost is $35. For information, call Jeff at (352) 200-8385.
Church seeks food, toiletry donations
A food drive for the hungry will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Fellowship Community Church, 11250 Spring Hill Drive. Both nonperishable foods and toiletries will be collected. For information, call (352) 686-4612.
New end-of-the-day bell times for two schools were incorrect in a chart in Thursday's edition. Nature Coast Technical High School will start at 7:30 a.m. and end at 2:10 p.m. Parrott Middle School will start at 7:30 a.m. and end at 2:20 p.m.
Brooksville Lions Communitywide Flea Market: 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Clover Leaf Plaza, 880 Broad St., Brooksville. (352) 593-4063.
Stage West presents 'The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee': 8 p.m., Stage West Community Playhouse, 8390 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. $10. (352) 683-5113. stagewest.net.